The Rent Trap built on years of journalism, campaigning and policy work by myself and Rosie Walker. We set out to expose the desperate situation facing private renters, how it came about through deregulation, privatisiation and commercialisation, and what the alternatives are.



‘Every private renter in the UK needs to buy this book’ – Shiv Malik, Guardian investigative journalist and co-author of ‘Jilted Generation’

‘It is time to change what is possible. Rents are too high. The quality of what is rented is too low. Rights are minimal. The market has failed. Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraj have explored all the possible escape routes and found the way out’ – Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford, and author of ‘All That is Solid’ (Penguin, 2015)

‘The authors skilfully weave together stories and statistics, giving you human depth of anecdotes backed up with evidence’ – Green World

‘Everyone should read this book’ – Left Foot Forward


BBC News – Housing Estate Turnaround

Vice UK – The Authors of ‘The Rent Trap’ Told Us How to Fuck Landlords Right Back

Guardian – Fifteen rented homes in 15 years – mine is an everyday housing story – If the government won’t deal with the housing crisis, maybe we should

Hackney Citizen – ‘Perpetual insecurity’: author Rosie Walker on the Rent Trap


Big Issue in the North – Review: The Rent Trap

Jules Birth – Book Review: The Rent Trap

Socialist Review – The Rent Trap

The Times Literary Supplement – Social Studies

Housing Studies – The rent trap: how we fell into it and how we get
out of it