I used to think buying a property was a complicated and expensive business, while renting was relatively straightforward: you found somewhere you liked, had a credit check, stumped up the deposit and moved in. But things have changed, and it seems landlords hold all the cards.
My girlfriend and I are both self-employed and rent a two-bed flat towards the outskirts of south-west London. This leafy enclave is lovely, but leaves us with a commute of 1hr 15mins each way to the places we normally work. We decided on a move to north London in order to be closer to our regular paymasters. (more…)