“Our rent costs 50% of our combined wage before bills,” says Joe, who shares with his partner, a receptionist. They pay £1,450 a month for a “very small” one-bedroom flat. The couple’s tenancy agreement expired recently and they now have a casual agreement with the landlord to stay in the flat.

“If we were evicted we’d end up being unable to afford a similar property. We would have to move back in with our parents. I’d have to leave my job, as my parents live outside commuting distance,” he says.+

Published by Julia Kollewe and Mabel Banfield-Nwachi in The Guardian.