New Pamphlet: The Housing Crisis is a Land Crisis

By Lily Gordon-Brown (@lilygbrown)   There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a housing emergency. However, it is not only housing which has been subjected to commodification and financialization in recent decades, but also the land that sits underneath it. Land has become a site of speculation and regarded as an …

New Report Tracks Impact of Short-Term Lets in Manchester Neighbourhoods

By GM Tenants Union and GM Housing Action   A new report raises concerns about the proliferation of Airbnb and other short-term letting platforms (STLs) in the city and its effects on local residents.      The report, written by academics, journalists and members of Greater Manchester Tenants Union and Greater Manchester Housing Action, finds …

COVID-19 and the Financialisation of Housing

By Isaac Levin-Schtulberg   As the months since July’s ‘freedom day’ roll forward, those residing in the UK have been reacquainted with a lifestyle that they once considered a stable normality. The daily slog of COVID briefings, statistics and superfluous analysis about COVID-19’s radically transformative long term impacts have become resigned to what many want …

On the situation of short-term rentals and tourism in southern Europe

By Jaime Jover (@JaimeJover)   Few people that had heard about Airbnb in southern Europe 10 years ago. The San Francisco-based holiday rentals company had just started its expansion in the continent. During the first years of the 2010s, short-term leases’ growth was still slow in a context where the World –particularly southern European economies– …

Questions remain over Manchester’s new ‘council’ housing

By Richard Goulding (@richmg_)   With Richard Leese retiring, Manchester City Council announced plans to provide affordable homes in the gentrifying neighbourhood of Ancoats, reported as the first council housing in the city since the 1980s. However closer inspection of those plans reveals a more complex picture.   The development will be taken forward by …

Expropriate! Special report from Berlin’s movement for housing remunicipalisation

By Members of Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen (@dwenteignen)   On September 26th Berliners will head to the polls to vote in a referendum, the result of which may have seismic implications for the right-to-housing movement everywhere. The issue at hand is a proposal that the government seize and take into public ownership more than 200,000 …

Public land is a working class issue

By Helen C    As  community activists, ACORN are used to being met with responses like “it’s a middle class concern” when campaigning for the value of public spaces. In reality, safe and free access to quality public space is vitally important to the working class and an issue we will always fight for.   …