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

'Tenants should be compulsory reading for every politician' - Pandora Sykes

'Open-minded and formidably informed, Spratt is a compelling narrator. Her stories of people wrenched from their homes by so-called no-fault evictions are startling and infuriating ... it forces you to step back, look at the whole wretched system and think: "Why do we put up with this?"' The Times

'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 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 of 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

'Tenants should be compulsory reading for every politician' - Pandora Sykes

'Open-minded and formidably informed, Spratt is a compelling narrator. Her stories of people wrenched from their homes by so-called no-fault evictions are startling and infuriating ... it forces you to step back, look at the whole wretched system and think: "Why do we put up with this?"' The Times

'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 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 of 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

'So important'

Emma Gannon Ctrl Alt Del

'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

'Fascinating, incendiary, rigorously well-researched. Tenants should be compulsory reading for every politician'

Pandora Sykes 

'This astute analysis examines the toxic lottery of Britain's housing crisis and the devastating outcomes of having no fixed abode'

Lynsey Hanley The Guardian

'An astonishing feat of journalism, storytelling and compassion. I thought I knew about Britain's housing crisis - I did not. ... The system is designed so that the people who rely on it the most feel disempowered - Vicky's journalism is single-handedly changing that.'

Lucia Osborne-Crowley 

'An important book by a journalist who has done so much to shine a light on (and change) Britain's broken housing sector'

Lewis Goodall, Policy Editor at BBC Newsnight 

'Open-minded and formidably informed, Spratt is a compelling narrator. Her stories of people wrenched from their homes by so-called no-fault evictions are startling and infuriating ... Like baring your bank account to be probed by a landlord's algorithm, the book is an experience so bracing it forces you to step back, look at the whole wretched system and think: "Why do we put up with this?"'

 The Times

'Vicky Spratt is one of the best equipped people to wade into this country's housing crisis ... [Her book's] radical plan for rectifying a broken system will leave you feeling hopeful for the future.'

 Refinery29

'A copy should be handed to the "people who make decisions about policy" and to anyone who thinks that young people can't buy homes as they "don't work hard enough" - just read this.'

Rebecca Smith The Skinny

'Politicians would do well to read "Tenants", in order to understand the world lived in by so many voters. [This] isn't just an authentic book, it isn't just an accurate book, it's that rarest of things - a timely book that tells the reality of renting right now and it doesn't disappoint.'

Ben Reeve Lewis, co-founder Safer Renting Cambridge House

'Vicky Spratt's excoriating Tenants shows how Generation Rent is being let down, and reminds us that the power dynamic between renters and their landlords was not always so skewed. Open-minded and formidably informed, Spratt is a compelling narrator, charting the way that governments since the 1980s absolved themselves of responsibility for housing and stripped back protections for renters. [Tenants] is an experience so bracing it forces you to step back, look at the whole wretched system and think: "Why do we put up with this?" That should have politicians feeling rather scared.'

James Riding The Times

'"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

'Important'

Shelter 

'Leading Journalist Vicky Spratt's important new book [powerfully] blends an overview of political failure with the personal experiences of those going through eviction.'

Alastair Harper Shelter

'Spratt not only provides an overview and analysis of Britain's housing history, welfare state and the plethora of issues renters are facing today, she gives solutions - readers are urged to think big, think radically and act fast.'

Diyora Shadijanova Huck Magazine

'Tenants is as much an astute political and social analysis as it is a moving, radical call to arms. ... You'll come away from this book seething, but stay armed with Spratt's clear view of how we solve this crisis'

Anna Caffola The Face Magazine

'Vicky Spratt reveals how our dysfunctional housing system is causing dire consequences for people drawing on personal experiences from across the country, [and] calls for a radical reimagination of the housing system.'

Adele Walton Dazed

'Vicky Spratt's ferocious debut Tenants is a comprehensive account of a dysfunctional system, in which constant precarity has become the norm for millions across Britain. ... relentlessly clear-sighted ... rigorous as well as deeply empathetic'

Francisco Garcia i Paper

'Reading this drove me into a fury'

David Freeman Author Archive

'Densely researched and makes plain how paper thin is the divide between the cheaper end of renting and being thrown out on to the street ... Argues convincingly that investing in more social housing would benefit everyone, not just those who live in it.'

 TLS

'An urgent and necessary exploration of the housing crisis from one of Britain's leading journalists'

Sirin Kale 

'Vicky Spratt has written the essential guide to understanding Britain's housing crisis. Anyone who has ever questioned the process that transformed our homes into speculative financial assets needs to read this book and then send a copy to their MP.'

Dr Kojo Koram Birkbeck College, University of London

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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