With house prices soaring, more and more people are stuck in rented houses they’d rather own, but a bit of creativity can help to turn that rental into a home.
Renters have had a miserable time of it lately, it seems. We’re stuck in dangerous houses with no rent controls, run by dodgy estate agents. Most of us have at least one horror story ranging from mouse infestations to landlords who refuse to return deposits. We’re desperate to buy our own houses but those dreams recede as house prices rocket and wages stagnate. In short, the chances of my being able to afford to buy a house slip from slim to none.
But, contrary to all that, and before I induce mass renters misery, it isn’t all bleak. In over a decade of renting inLondon, I’ve found as long as I have a decent landlord (and I realise that’s a big ‘if’) Its possible to enjoy the best of both worlds; not having to replace a broken boiler or washing machine whilst creating a cosy home.
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