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Image caption Zoe McKendree: "You can't really present yourself best for an interview if you're sleeping on a friend's sofa". Hoping to buy a home? You'll have to get across the UK's huge housing gap. This gap - the difference between the current housing stock and the number needed for everyone to have a decent home to live in - is more than one million homes, according to the BBC Housing Briefing. A lot of the pressure from the gap falls on people renting privately. Zoe McKendree, 33, spends more than a third of her pay on rent for her shared flat in Brixton, south London. She dreams of the keys to a home of her own but that is a distant prospect. Instead, she has had to contend with what... Full story

23 February