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Our picturesque town is being ruined by selfish second home owners… I can’t afford sky high rents so I’m living in a van | The Sun
NESTLED among the Somerset hills the picturesque market town of Frome is a tourist magnet with its cobbled streets and a swanky members club revered by A-list celebrities.
But the pretty town, previously voted the best place to live in Britain, has paid a stark price for its soaring popularity.
The sky-rocketing cost of rentals is out-pricing local people, forcing them to quit their homes and move to cheaper areas.
Worse still, some are even being left homeless due to the lack of affordable and social housing in the town, which has a population of only 30,000.
Frome Town Council was this month forced to officially declare a ‘housing crisis’. The average rent now sits at nearly £1,500 a month – 50 per cent of the typical salary.
Councillor Polly Lamb, a former lettings agent, said skyrocketing rents have pushed out local people who have been there all their lives.
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Single mum-of-two Sam O’Malley, 38, found herself homeless when a change in circumstances led to struggles while looking for a rental property.
She tells The Sun: “I had to lie to the lettings agent to even get my foot in the door. I told them I earned £30,000 but it’s actually half that.
“They showed me places I wouldn’t put my dog in, they were disgusting. One place was mouldy, and its floors were so wet with damp that they’d gone wavy. It was horrible.
“I’ve been staying with my friend for a year now. She’s lovely, but she could also decide she needs us out at any point, because there are nine people in a house with one bedroom, so it’s far from ideal.
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