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Hundreds queue to snap up luxury flats in new skyscraper

Hundreds queue to snap up luxury flats in new skyscraper

Keen homebuyers queued for up to 36 hours to snap up flats in Maine Tower, a new skyscraper under construction in Canary Wharf. Over 200 flats were sold in less than four hours, with more than 150 people queuing at special exhibitions in London and Hong Kong to secure their…

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Hackney and Lewisham rank third for eviction notices

Residents in Hackney and Lewisham are the third most at risk in the country of losing their homes through debt, according to the charity Shelter. One in 45 households in Hackney or Lewisham were faced with possession claims last year, according to a new ‘hotspots’ list. Croydon and Tower Hamlets…

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

Only Londoners with above average wages, or inherited money, can afford to buy in London, report says

Only Londoners with above average wages, or inherited money, can afford to buy in London, report says

First-time buyers in London need to be earning a minimum of £77,000 a year to be able to afford a home, a report by KMPG shows. This calculation is based on a mortgage of  4.5 times salary (with a 10 per cent deposit). However the current median annual wage for London first-time…

#ELLHousingCrisis: Why are the Greens the only major party committing to rent control in the General Election?

#ELLHousingCrisis: Why are the Greens the only major party committing to rent control in the General Election?

The Green Party is the only party in Britain to officially commit to a housing policy of rent control. As part of the party’s bid to provide “secure, affordable housing for all”, the Greens long ago committed to a policy of capping rents and introducing longer tenancies – whereby renters…

What is Russell Brand’s Trew Era cafe doing for Hoxton?

What is Russell Brand’s Trew Era cafe doing for Hoxton?

The opening of a new themed cafe in Hackney doesn’t usually call for half of the capital’s photographers to descend on the Kingsland Road. But then Russell Brand isn’t often there to fling its doors opening. Though the ribbon and oversized novelty scissors might have been lacking there was no…

#ELLHousingCrisis: How the Eastlondonlines housing crisis appears in graphics across the four boroughs

#ELLHousingCrisis: How the Eastlondonlines housing crisis appears in graphics across the four boroughs

For the 8.3 million people living in Greater London the following infographics are more than just a few images. They are the difference between paying hundreds of pounds in rent, families being able to raise their children in the capital or even living in the areas they have done their…

How the new home-buyers are leaving London behind

How the new home-buyers are leaving London behind

You’ve saved up for years. You’re finally ready to take the plunge and move into your first home. Perhaps it’s the big leap for you and your significant other. Or maybe your parents have downsized so that you can make your first step on the ladder. And if you were…

#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

#ELLHousingCrisis: How well do you know the housing policies of the parties ahead of the General Election?

One in seven British voters believe housing is among the most important issues in May’s general election. According to a March poll by Ipsos MORI, 14 per cent of voters across the country rank homes as a key issue. In 2010, the figure was as low as five per cent.…

#ELLHousingCrisis: This is everything that we know about the housing crisis across the Eastlondonlines boroughs

#ELLHousingCrisis: This is everything that we know about the housing crisis across the Eastlondonlines boroughs

Affordable housing is one of the top five issues for voters aged 18-24, according to a recent survey. Voters aged 18 to 24, many of whom will be voting for the first time at the 2015 general election, ranked housing affordability as one of the top five most important issues…

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