Cities are recognising the dangers of speculation and big capital: What will Manchester’s politicians do next?

By Jon Silver (@InvisibleMapper)   With thousands of housing units being built in across wards including Deansgate, Piccadilly and Ancoats, central areas of Manchester have now become a key investment ‘hot-spot’ for profit-seeking finance that cares little for local communities. This rampant speculation, surge in international investment and links to rising rents, displacement, homelessness and …

A victory on tenant security, but the campaign continues

By Dan Wilson Craw (@danwilsoncraw) Generation Rent   After reports in the Sunday papers, late yesterday afternoon the Ministry of Housing published its long-awaited consultation paper on "Overcoming Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector". It allows us a moment to celebrate the first success of the End Unfair Evictions campaign: an acceptance by …

Five reasons why we need more cohousing

By Carl Makin (@carlmakin)   “When people feel supported by strong relationships, change happens. And when we make collaboration and connection feel simple and easy, people want to join in. Yet our welfare state does not try to connect us one to another.” [1]   Loneliness is a constant and growing social problem, and attention …

What is Section 21 and why does it need to be scrapped?

By Jacob Mukherjee Generation Rent   Landlords can remove tenants without giving a reason. That’s unfair and it needs to change. Most of England’s 11 million renters are on contracts with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice – …

Grassroots housing movements can change a city

By Veronica Harradence (@v_harradence) ACORN Grassroots housing movements can change a city. This is a sentiment that has inspired individuals across Manchester to form their own branch of ACORN. ACORN, a housing and anti-poverty union, currently run in Manchester by volunteers, aim to support and win campaigns. We are group of people who passionately work …

Does housing financialisation deliver a viable economy for Greater Manchester?

By James Scott Vandeventer (@jamesvand) Steady State Manchester    Manchester’s skyline is changing. Fast. While the dominant narrative is that dozens of the buildings transforming this skyline aim to provide more housing in the city centre, the recent report From Homes to Assets: Housing financialisation in Greater Manchester by Dr Jonathan Silver makes clear that these …

Selling Manchester’s heart – unaffordable housing

By Loz Kaye (@LozKaye) Housing is a political concern that touches everybody. Homelessness was the hot topic of the Greater Manchester mayoral election. Planning battles dominate the local media currently. Towers spring up and heritage buildings crumble. It has been very difficult to get a handle on a very complex picture, particularly in the rapidly …