Coronavirus Crisis Totally Shattered UK Housing Market


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In February Amy, a 26-year-old journalist, found her new home, lost a £ 400 deposit for a shared apartment in East London, where the fourth bedroom is registered as a living room, and waited to move in. So far so typical of the London rental experience.

With her things tidy and the lease on her old home, Amy only had to move in on April 8. But when the coronavirus pandemic broke out and Boris Johnson locked the UK on March 23, Amy begged her. real estate agency to postpone its move-in date, explaining that “moving property is not an essential trip” – his words, but also those of the government. After all, you couldn’t expect her to move in with four strangers during a pandemic.


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