Proposals made by Jeremy Corbyn to introduce rent controls have been criticised by commentators.
Speaking at the annual Labour party conference in Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn has promised a Labour government would bring in rent controls.
The Labour leader said he would give cities the power to introduce rent control and tough restrictions on gentrification projects.
Corbyn said councils would have to win the support of existing tenants before any redevelopment plans could go ahead under his leadership.
He added there would be “No jacking up rents. No exorbitant ground rents”.
But ARLA Propertymark chief executive David Cox has said the party “clearly hasn’t learnt the lessons of history”.
He says: “Whenever and wherever rent controls are introduced the quantity of available housing reduces significantly and the conditions deteriorate dramatically.
“Landlords, agents and governments over the past 30 years have worked hard to improve the condition of rented properties and this is like taking two steps backwards.”
Housing and homeless charity Shelter says it supports controls to help families facing rising rental bills and insecure lets.
But chief executive Polly Neate adds: “But not old fashioned rent-setting, which we think could end up harming the very people on low incomes they’re meant to help.”
Cox adds: “Rent control is not the answer. To bring rent costs down we need a concerted house building effort to increase stock in line with demand.”