The statement ‘the UK is in the middle of a housing crisis’ has become a truism and something that is seemingly insurmountable. 19% of households are renting privately, and the number is increasing steadily year on year. The number of private landlords is also increasing (though may fall again due to stamp duty changes), reaching 1.75 million in 2013-14. Private landlords banked £14.2 billion in revenue in the same year (read more on Interurban Lines).