Rat and Mouse
Borough of Waltham Forest
Thu
21
Jan

Thirty-six viewings, nine offers and sold… a studio in Clapton, less than seven square metres of space, and coming in under the stamp duty threshold. The catch? It’s so small lenders can’t offer a mortgage. So whoever bought it, did so in cash. More here.

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Fri
20
Feb

Within the space of three months, Tim and Donna Hillyer’s Walthamstow semi was destroyed by a runaway Mercedes, and their temporary rental property burned down after a cooker exploded. Presumably they’re looking for new accommodation. Landlords? Interview here. If you want to help them get back on their feet, go here.

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Thu
05
Jun

According to research by the Future Foundation, single women looking to become less single should move to London, specifically the City and Newham where men outnumber women 1.55 to 1 and 1.26 to 1 respectively. If you’re a single man, London still holds promise, but the FF suggests you focus your nights out in Enfield and Wandsworth. More here.

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Mon
23
Sep

Three bedroom terrace house, Gloucester Road, and all this...

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Particulars here.

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Wed
04
Sep

A Leytonstone landlord has failed in his appeal with the planners to house a tenant in a shed at the end of his garden. 

‘Outbuildings like this are not designed for people to sleep in and often present a danger to them and are detrimental to neighbours,’ said Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council.

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Wed
12
Jun

This time…Location: Forest Gate. Owner: Pelling. Complainant: Hodgson. Height 22ft. Rat and Mouse summary: spectacular. More here.

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Thu
16
May

The developers have formed a new company specifically to manage the transition from athlete quarters to Olympic legacy rentals, and it's called Get Living London (ew, really?). According the website, there are up to three-year rental agreements (a good idea, in our opinion, although check those break clauses in the event of spiralling rents in the area), and the first 370 homes will be ready for residents by August and September. More here.

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Fri
10
May

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It's crammed in between a couple of terrace homes on Leyton's Manor Road, and appeared about a month ago. The suggestion, from Waltham Forest Council, is that it's illegal, and likely to be removed soon. More here and here

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Thu
02
May

Including public spaces, homes, business and retail in a large-scale regeneration of the area between the stadium and the station. More here

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Thu
10
May

Converted sheds have become an increasingly mainstream – if illegal – part of the London property market. It's a logical development, given the explosion of property prices throughout the capital, and the huge shortage of supply. As central London becomes more expensive, people are pushed further out and rental prices even in Newham, which is the second most deprived borough in England and Wales, are rising fast.

Specifically, the story of a healthcare assistant's £350 month shed - no hot water, a garden used as a toilet. 

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