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  • Who says we have to live on land?
  • Who says we have to live on land?
    Janssem Cardoso, Creative Commons (2015) ©
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Boat-dwellers: young Brits take to the waterways

House prices in the UK have never been higher, and while some choose to sulk, others are getting creative. Some young people are heading to houseboats, with the number of Brits living on boats rising 50% between 2011 and 2015. But is life on the water as tranquil as it sounds?

Location United Kingdom

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London housing has been in full-blown crisis for decades – prices have been skyrocketing and supply has been choke-tight. With more and more people flocking to the capital, London will need over 800,000 new homes by 2021, but projections show that, at current rates, actual numbers built will fall short. [1] Even worse, by 2020, the cost of a starter home in the capital may exceed £550,000 and by 2025, only one in 20 are expected to own their home. [2][3]

And renters are in no better situation. “It’s no wonder ...

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