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Nearly half of working adults living at home 'can't afford to move out'

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home, new Shelter research reveals.

A lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason why so many young adults in England are unable to fly the nest, a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found. Additional data from the Census, released to Shelter, showed there are 1.97 million working young adults living with their parents. This accounts for a quarter of all 20-to-34 year old working adults in England.

London rent double that outside the capital

London rent now double that outside capital Credit: Reuters

For the first time ever, the cost of renting in London is double what it costs across the rest of the UK.

New figures from the HomeLet Rental Index show the average rent in the capital is now £1,412, compared to £694 elsewhere.

It also revealed rent in London has increased 11.2% in the last 12 months.

Businesses evicted to build new homes

A growing number of businesses in London are being evicted so their buildings can be turned into flats.

It follows a change to the law, which means full planning permission is no longer needed to convert commercial property in new homes.

Some councils are now criticising developers taking advantage of the situation to make a profit from the capital's booming housing prices.

Islington Council's executive member for housing and development, Councillor James Murray, said: "I'm very frustrated by the planning minister's decision to stop us doing what's right for Islington.

"We're already seeing small businesses and charities being evicted from offices to make way for bedsits. People in Islington are losing out on jobs, affordable housing, and any community benefit."

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London rents up 9.4%

Rents in London have risen 9.4% over the last year.

New figures from the HomeLet Rental Index show the cost of renting in London is increasing five times faster than national average incomes.

It has said the average rent in the capital now stands at £1348 per month

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House prices: Gap in London and rest of UK 'widest ever'

The gap in house prices in London and the rest of the UK is the widest it's ever been, reports ITV's Business Editor Joel Hills.

See the chart below for a national breakdown.

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Average London house price over £400,000 for first time

House prices in London have soared by 30 per cent since 2007. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The typical price of a London property is now more than double the average UK house price breaking through the £400,000 mark for the first time, Nationwide said.

Cambridge saw the biggest surge in house prices with a 20 per cent increase putting the average cost of a house there at £419, 187.

While the value of properties in St Albans rose 18 per cent reaching an average of £451, 800.

Newcastle was named as the worst-performing city with only a three per cent increase in house prices taking prices there to £181, 473 typically.

In Wales property prices are up almost 10 per cent on a year ago now standing at £145,812.

And in Scotland, typical prices rose to £141,872, figures show.

However, In Northern Ireland, where the housing market is still recovering from some sharp falls in the wake of the financial crisis the average house price now stands at £117,150.

This is around half the level they were at their peak.

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