However, one renter has decided to tackle the problems we London residents face head-on. Arman Naji has created graphs using utility boxes around the city to demonstrate how big and bad the situation is. Arman has been renting in Hackney for four years and says: ‘I wanted to bring attention to the housing crisis in a new way. A way that was real and unavoidable, because it’s a very real problem. When you read about the housing statistics in news articles or websites, as crazy as they are, they somehow don’t have much of an impact on you anymore. Maybe we’ve become numb, or almost expectant of an increasingly difficult life.’
The graphs can be spotted across London – from Clapham to Kensington, Hackney to Camden. They reveal dramatic and terrifying changes in rent, homelessness and house prices.