Jesus PJ you must be in St Ives with a sea view. In St Austell a 3 bed family home can be rented for £600 I do agree there is a problem, I do some work for a private landlord who has 5 houses, he tried to get away from 'housing benefit' type tenants after a couple of problems (severe problems), the fact is, in our part of the country (and I suspect most parts), the majority of private tenants are on housing benefits so they're not paying anywhere near the full rent (if any ), he had to accept that most tenants would be on housing benefits. Now, raving capitalist right wing brexit voting Le Pen supporting Trump loving anti immigration and despiser of all things socialist monster that I am, I do believe that one of the best things we could do as a country would be to embark on a massive scale of building social housing, exactly as we did in the fifties, it worked well and rebuilt the economy after the war, like America in the thirties. I was born in Battersea and my family moved out to a new council estate near slough when I was a year old (1957), a remarkable place and a privileged upbringing courtesy of the GLC, we even had a Grammar School (oh how DA would hate that). When I lived on that council estate of several thousand houses the number of tenants having their rent paid for them (and people knew) could be counted on one hand. Today, the number of tenants actually paying rent on an estate like that would be negligible. These days it simply couldn't be done, in the fifties and sixties the govt actually got a long term return on their investment, today they would be faced with the cost of building the houses AND paying the rent, and that's without even beginning to consider providing housing for most of Eastern Europe, along with free health care.