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Shelter finds just 43 'affordable' homes in London

The 'average' family has very little choice when it comes to buying a home, according to Shelter Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A snapshot survey by the housing charity Shelter has found just 43 homes for sale in London which could be afforded by families earning an average income of 30 thousand pounds. It examined thousands of properties on the market but found very few where an average family could pay the required mortgage.

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Sharpest increase in private rent prices in London

Sharpest increase in private rental prices are in London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Private sector tenants are facing the steepest increases to their rents seen in more than a year and a half, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Across Britain, private rental prices paid by tenants increased by 2.1% in the 12 months to March; the fastest annual rate of increase recorded since August 2013 - and within England, the sharpest annual rate of price growth was in London, at 3.2%.

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