08 Aug: Harry Downes on the Merits of London Build-to-Rent property, in City AMHarry Downes

Harry Downes discusses what millennials in the capital are choosing in place of homeownership and traditional rental property   Homeownership across the UK has seen a noticeable decline, with the number of renters overtaking the number of buyers and homeowners last year. Low interest rates and house prices more than 12 times average incomes have made obtaining a first-time buyer mortgage increasingly difficult….


29 Jun: TV review: The week the landlords moved in

The BBC’s latest fly-on-the-wall documentary made for some compelling TV last night, but does the series have anything new to say about renting in modern Britain?   Trading Places, the classic 80s comedy with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, tells the story of a Wall Street broker and a homeless street hustler who find their positions reversed as part of an elaborate bet….

Inside Housing

18 May: What stops tenants working?- Inside Housing

It might be Theresa May’s phrase of the moment, but “strong and stable” could easily have been pilfered from any housing association mission statement written in the past decade. Speaking about the importance of investing in people, Geeta Nanda, chief executive of Thames Valley Housing, discusses some of the issues preventing people from entering or re-entering the work force. In the article, Geeta…

BBC Radio

16 May: Broadcasting build-to-rent – BBC Radio

Today Harry Downes, managing director of Fizzy Living, appeared live on BBC Radio London’s breakfast show to discuss London’s housing challenges with presenter Petrie Hosken. Appearing as a BBC expert is a highly-coveted opportunity, with stiff competition, so securing a slot requires persistence and creativity. Harry was the ideal candidate on this occasion. Besides being an eloquent and articulate spokesman for the industry…


08 Jul: Delph Property Group makes £35 million acquisitions in North West

This week, national and regional publications up and down the UK have been talking about Delph Property Group’s £35 million investment in PRS schemes across Manchester and Liverpool.   A site in Manchester’s Green Quarter with planning permission for 146 flats in a 15-storey building was bought from Fortis for around £25m. Delph also acquired a site in Liverpool with planning permission for 71…

Fizzy Living

10 Jun: Fizzy Living’s Tenants vs Landlords Football

Chris from TwoBlue  heads down to Powerleague Shoreditch to see how Fizzy Living is changing the tenant/landlord dynamic   How often are London’s renters given the opportunity to face-off against their landlord in a 5-a-side footie match? As well as providing high-quality living on-site, our client Fizzy Living has proven its skills on the pitch. On the 26th May I took to the pitch…

Inside Housing

17 Oct: Fizzy wins private rented sector development of the year

Fizzy scooped the ultimate PRS accolade at the Inside Housing awards in London last night. A panel of independent expert judges voted the Fizzy development in Stepney Green the best development in the PRS category. The Fizzy team celebrated the win in style at the ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel. The award was thoroughly well deserved in our opinion!