8 Pictures That Show Just How Bad London's Housing Crisis Really Is
The Debrief: Still renting? We advise you to look away now
Unless you are one of those lucky people who got given their house from an obscenely wealthy aunt, or you’ve yet to make the scary move from your parents' house into the big bad world, then you've probably noticed that we have a housing crisis on our hands. In fact, the problem of too many people and not enough homes, has led to the government taking action. In the Queen's Speech the government promises to build 200,000 starter homes in an attempt to alleviate the problem. Even the Queen's talking about it, this is not a drill people.
The housing crisis is impacting people all over the country, but it’s Londoners who are most affected. Arman Naji, a renter in Hackney decided to physically depict the crisis in a series of photos of graphs made out of utility boxes, reflecting how bad the situation has become. In an interview with Time Out, Arman explains, ‘I wanted to bring attention to the housing crisis in a new way. A way that was real and unavoidable, because it’s a very real problem. When you read about the housing statistics in news articles or websites, as crazy as they are, they somehow don’t have much of an impact on you anymore. Maybe we’ve become numb, or almost expectant of an increasingly difficult life.’
The graphs can be found dotted around London with what seems to be the sole purpose of striking fear into the heart of anyone trying to get a foot on the property ladder. Yeah, cheers for that Arman.
This one shows the horrifying hike in the average rent in London from 2005 to 2015.
These blocks in Camden show the dwindling number of home owners in their thirties from 2005 to 2015.
The block in Kensington shows the decrease in affordable housing in the past 20 years.
In Westminster you can see the average wage increase vs the average rent increase since 2010
Arman's work in Clapham highlights the number of homeless in London in 2010, 2013 and 2015
The graph in Brixton shows the average house price in London from 2005 to 2015.
Peckham's graph shows the number of rental eviction court orders in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Finally, Croydon's graph depicts the waiting list for affordable housing in 2005, 2010 and 2015.
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