Tenants (Hardback)

The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency

Vicky Spratt

The urgent story of this country's biggest crisis, told through the lives of those it most affects

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2022, METRO, EVENING STANDARD, REFINERY29, COSMOPOLITAN

'A must-read' Cosmopolitan

'A major new book on the history and politics of renting' Evening Standard

'There is nobody better placed to write a book that tells the stories of "Britain's housing shame"' Metro

Tony is facing eviction instead of enjoying retirement; Limarra isn't 'homeless enough' to get help from the council; and for Kelly and her asthmatic son Morgan, another new rented house is a matter of life and death. This is twenty-first century Britain, where millions are trying to build lives in privately rented accommodation, which creates profit for landlords but not safe and stable homes for tenants.

This fierce and moving account tells their stories, and the story pf how we built a housing system where homelessness is a constant threat. Award-winning housing journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership has withered and the safety net of social housing has unravelled. She has spent years talking with those on the frontline all around the country. Here, she illuminates the ways this national emergency cuts across generations, class and education and is devastating our health, destroying communities and transforming the social, economic and political landscape beyond recognition.

But it is not irreversible. The Covid-19 pandemic showed that radical action is possible, and there are real steps we can take to give everyone the chance of a good home. This urgent, ground breaking book leads the way.

Publication date: 19/05/2022

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788161275

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Tenants (Ebook)

The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency

Vicky Spratt

The urgent story of this country's biggest crisis, told through the lives of those it most affects

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2022, METRO, EVENING STANDARD, REFINERY29, COSMOPOLITAN

'A must-read' Cosmopolitan

'A major new book on the history and politics of renting' Evening Standard

'There is nobody better placed to write a book that tells the stories of "Britain's housing shame"' Metro

Tony is facing eviction instead of enjoying retirement; Limarra isn't 'homeless enough' to get help from the council; and for Kelly and her asthmatic son Morgan, another new rented house is a matter of life and death. This is twenty-first century Britain, where millions are trying to build lives in privately rented accommodation, which creates profit for landlords but not safe and stable homes for tenants.

This fierce and moving account tells their stories, and the story pf how we built a housing system where homelessness is a constant threat. Award-winning housing journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership has withered and the safety net of social housing has unravelled. She has spent years talking with those on the frontline all around the country. Here, she illuminates the ways this national emergency cuts across generations, class and education and is devastating our health, destroying communities and transforming the social, economic and political landscape beyond recognition.

But it is not irreversible. The Covid-19 pandemic showed that radical action is possible, and there are real steps we can take to give everyone the chance of a good home. This urgent, ground breaking book leads the way.

Publication date: 19/05/2022

£15.99

ISBN: 9781782834793

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B094DTJLZR

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Tenants (Audiobook)

The People on the Frontline of Britain's Housing Emergency

Vicky Spratt

The urgent story of this country's biggest crisis, told through the lives of those it most affects

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2022, METRO, EVENING STANDARD, REFINERY29, COSMOPOLITAN

'A major new book on the history and politics of renting' Evening Standard

Tony is facing eviction instead of enjoying retirement; Limarra isn't 'homeless enough' to get help from the council; and for Kelly and her asthmatic son Morgan, another new rented house is a matter of life and death. This is twenty-first century Britain, where millions are forced into the private rental sector – a sector that creates profit for landlords, not safe and stable homes for tenants.

In this fierce and moving account, journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad policy decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership has withered and the safety net of social housing has broken. Through the lives of those in the renting trap, she illuminates the ways this crisis is devastating our health, communities and political landscape. But, as the Covid epidemic showed, there are also real, radical steps we can take to give everyone the chance of a good home.

Publication date: 19/05/2022

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782839996

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09WZB2FW6

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Reviews for Tenants

'"I really haven't a clue how to set about the job." Harold Macmillan committed those words to his diary in 1951, shortly after Winston Churchill asked him to sort out Britain's housing crisis. Macmillan lacked the counsel of Vicky Spratt.'

 The Times

'A must-read that explores the housing crisis and its devastating impact on our health, communities and political landscape.'

 Cosmopolitan

'A major new book on the history and politics of renting'

 Evening Standard

'There is nobody better placed to write a book that tells the stories of 'Britain's housing shame''

 Metro

Vicky Spratt

Vicky Spratt

Vicky Spratt is a journalist whose work regularly shapes public policy. Her 2016 campaign 'Make Renting Fair' led to letting fees in England and Wales being banned, and she has spoken at political conferences, all-party parliamentary groups and panels across the country on the issue of housing. She has appeared on BBC News, Newsnight, Woman's Hour, Radio 4 and NTS Radio. In 2020, she was nominated as Journalist of the Year at the Drum Awards for Online Media, and in 2021 her stories delving deep into Britain's housing emergency saw her shortlisted for a British Journalism award. She is currently the i Paper's Housing Correspondent and a writer and editor at Refinery29.

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