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Criticism for Corbyn rent control pledge

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.”

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  • Michelle Lawson 27th September 2017 at 5:48 pm

    You can build all the properties in all the world but if the Government keep putting the kybosh on people borrowing the money to be a Landlord and playing around with taxation all the time there will be no Landlords to rent the properties out!!! There is already a shortage of housing- the answer is not just to keep building new but helping the regeneration of existing stock and ensuring the right landlords buy and maintain the right property to adequate standards. Same old same old, minority of landlords that do not keep their property up to standard are ruining it for the majority that do. I don’t understand what all the Governments have against Landlords! They need the housing but they are screwing up just about every avenue to stop people owning! First Time Buyers and Landlords are the chain-starters- if you block 50% of those people out you are solely relying on the FTB’s. In a large mass of the UK, property is so unaffordable in comparison to wages and the FTB’s just can’t save to get the required deposits together and this also is contributed to now by the substantial university debt and student loans the FTB’s are left with and get deducted on their affordability!! We need a good Housing Minister that is prepared to listen to the industry and work with the industry rather than the rhetoric and vote-catching comments that seem to be slung around at the moment.