Socialist Alliance candidates say the cost of living and housing affordability crises is “a crisis of capitalism”. Sue Bull reports.
Sue Bolton, Merri-bek Socialist Alliance councillor and Victorian election candidate, is calling for an ‘empty property tax’ to force landlords to stop land banking. Darren Saffin reports.
Just over one year ago, around 1 million out of 1.9 million Berliners voted to expropriate corporate landlords owning 3000 apartments or more, writes Sibylle Kaczorek, affecting around 240,000 properties in the German capital.
Federico Fuentes speaks to housing activist Thomas McGath about the campaign to liberate housing in Berlin from the market.
Planning and vision are needed to ensure that people suffering housing stress have a roof over their heads, writes Sarah Hathway.
“We’re all in this together” is the refrain from governments. Trouble is, the rhetoric does not match reality and renters’ rights are being trampled, writes Pip Hinman.
Banjo P Kay writes that after two years of sheet metal work, he was sacked a result of the COVID-19 crisis and now faces an uncertain future.
Homelessness is often seen as the result of personal factors. But, according to Peter Mares, author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis, homelessness and housing stress are systemic problems as the housing market is not providing for people's needs.
The adage of moving house being the most stressful time of one’s life has been proved at a West Brunswick public housing estate. Resident Lindi told Green Left Weekly: “One hundred residents are being compulsorily moved. The latest notice on the move is it will be in July.”