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Study: Landlords Prefer Swiss Over Immigrants

People with Swiss surnames are more likely to find rental accommodation in Switzerland than those with foreign names, according to a new study. Researchers at the university of Bern carried out the study on 1,000 housing adverts placed by landlords and housing associations. Two responses were sent to each advert – one with a Swiss […]

A London property company is charging £255 a week for “studio apartments” as small as three metres by three metres that tenants claim are “worse than prison cells” and that breach statutory overcrowding regulations. Nineteen tiny, dilapidated rooms above a McDonald’s in Islington, north London, are earning a multi-millionaire landlord and a sub-letting company an estimated £400,000 […]

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Home ownership is pursued almost as a right in Britain but the housing market has a history of boom and bust — and fears are growing of a new bubble. The Bank of England, three former finance ministers and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have all raised concerns that rising prices could […]

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Picturing a prefabricated house is hard in the Kenyan context where stone and mortar buildings are popular with homeowners and property developers. It is hard to think of a prefab as a building with a long life. But the growing cost of housing and construction, improved technology are helping to lower the cost for the […]

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The landlord of a “scandalous” Paris apartment the size of a toilet and the estate agent that managed the property have been ordered to pay almost €12,000 damages to a tenant who lived in the hovel for 15 years, paying €300 a month rent. A ruling by a Paris court on Monday will perhaps be […]

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