UK By Becky Morton BBC News 23 November 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46179010 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub. They are … [Read more...] about ‘I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent’
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People have had their say on life in an area with one of the highest crime rates in Tyneside. Walker, in Newcastle's East End, has been hit by a string of frightening crimes, including a stabbing and a suspected arson attack. We spoke to families, businesses, a councillor and the police about what Walker is really like - asking whether people felt safe living there. In our online poll, 42% of more than 4,000 readers said they felt safe in the area, while 58% didn't. People have been very responsive on social media too, and this is just a few of the comments you had to say. Writing on our Facebook page, Roger Higgins said: "Not helped by 21,000 less police since 2010, plus the cuts to council support services that help divert those at risk to criminality." Paul West posted: "Lack of opportunities! Always that reason to go and rob and burn things! Top and bottom of it they don't have any respect for anyone or anything there!" Janice Spence wrote: "I live in Walker and whilst it's not … [Read more...] about What YOU think about living in ‘lawless’ Walker
The journey from London to a remote corner of south-west France takes long enough for the thought to occur, more than once, that it is an unlikely location for a Brexit HQ. The man who hopes to lead us out of Europe lives alone in an extremely handsome country house – not quite a chateau, but several notches up from a maison – deep in rural Gascony. The pristine period chic of its reception rooms is flawlessly French, and unless you study its library shelves, which groan with British political tomes, or use the downstairs loo lined with framed and signed photographs of Downing Street cabinets, you would never guess who lived here. As his former boss once famously observed, it is a funny old world. The impression of improbability is compounded by Nigel Lawson’s expression as he receives me. It is one a courteous but very private gentleman might wear to greet someone who had broken down in his elegant driveway. Nothing about his bearing suggests a man bursting to make … [Read more...] about Nigel Lawson on Brexit: ‘I love Europe! That’s why I live in France. But the EU has no purpose’
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. There are two types of renting in Sweden. Residents usually join a 'queue' for an elusive first-hand contract, which means you can stay long-term in a rent-controlled property. But these queues are long, with Swedes typically waiting several years for an apartment and even longer in the most popular areas, meaning the majority of foreigners rent second-hand. This is the Swedish term for subletting, meaning you rent either from someone with a first-hand contract (known as hyresrätt) or from someone who owns their own property as part of a collective (bostadsrätt). It's helpful to know which of these applies to your landlord, as some of the guidelines below differ depending on whether they own or rent the property they're subletting to you. Never be afraid to assert your rights as a tenant; foreigners are particularly likely to fall prey to scams, as unscrupulous landlords may … [Read more...] about What rights do I have as a second-hand renter in Sweden?
I have been fortunate enough to live in social housing for almost 30 years, and by swapping homes multiple times with other tenants I’ve progressed from a tiny bedsit to a five-bedroom property in Islington with my wife and two children. We took on our current home because it was within walking distance of school and for family reasons, but then our circumstances changed; so we registered on home-swapping websites in order to downsize to a three- or four-bedroom house in the same area, given we are currently being charged for our spare bedrooms which we neither need nor want. You’d imagine there would be thousands of desperate social housing tenants in urgent need of a larger home, and you’d be right. In London alone, over 100,000 families in social housing are classed as being overcrowded; other families are shunted across the country because of the £23,000 cap on housing benefits. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 6.8 per … [Read more...] about I live in a five-bedroom council house which I don’t need, yet I’m not allowed to swap with an overcrowded family