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The Olympic Stadium’s future is still not agreed

Leyton Orient launch legal challenge over West Ham's proposed move to Olympic Stadium

The Premier League side are expected to move in

'Urgent action' needed to protect tenants

Tenants urgently need better protection according to the Office of Fair Trading, after an analysis of more than 4,000 tenant and landlord complaints found that there was widespread malpractice.

Rents fall for third successive month

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Sam Allardyce wants a move to the Olympic Stadium to start a new chapter in West Ham United's history – but he is not sure he will still be at the club to see it.

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Tenants spend around 39 per cent of their monthly take-home pay on rent

Lettings market has become property industry's "wild west"

89% of voters in key marginal constituencies agree it should be compulsory for agents to register with a regulatory body

Rents rise slowly to record levels

The average rent in England and Wales is now £744 per month

Many pensioners face the prospect of having to sell their home to pay off the mortgage

90% of house buyers want estate agents to be regulated

Nine out of 10 home-buyers believe estate agents should be forced to meet an industry-wide set of regulations to make sure they are up to scratch, research has found.

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Grant Shapps's policies need to be accompanied by an improved leasehold system

Julian Knight: Stop sheltering dodgy freeholders, Mr Shapps

A report out this week will agree with millions of leaseholders and consumer campaigners: it's time for a system fit for purpose

Owen Jones: Dark days for those who rent

I already knew that Britain was in the throes of an escalating housing crisis, but, on the move for the first time in two-and-a-half years and, having been protected from soaring rents by a benevolent landlord, I was in for an unwelcome meeting with reality. Looking for a modest two-bedroom place in London's Zone 2 – with a housemate who, appropriately enough, works for a housing charity – I found that a standard monthly individual rent was £800, even £900.

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