The General Election and the Private Rented Sector

And so election day dawns – and who to vote for asks David Lawrenson of LettingFocus

The General Election and the Private Rented Sector

Well, if one is a private landlord it is a bit of a no-brainer. The Conservatives “leave alone” attitude to the private rented sector is obviously attractive. And their housing policy also stacks up for landlords too, in that the Tories seem to have few real ideas about how to realistically tackle the lack of housing in places like London. This means that rents and house prices in places like the capital, where the economy is booming can only go up.  So, that is good for current landlords.

But of course one has to think beyond one’s own needs to what is good for the country – and I’m not sure that a lack of a coherent policy on housing is needed. My fellow citizens have to be able to live somewhere at a reasonable price!

Housing Supply Policies

The most sensible policies to boost housing supply come from two parties who are normally diametrically opposed on most stuff –  the Lib Dems and UKIP. Though if UKIP turn off the tap of migrants coming to the UK, that would certainly hit rents hard. (Many would say that is a good thing, of course!)

Labour have some decent ideas too. However, their idea for three year tenancies, whilst OK in theory, utterly fails because it fails to give landlords more power to evict tenants who are antisocial. It leaves landlords exposed to having an idiot for a tenant for three long years. No thanks! Until we are able to more easily be rid of someone who causes upset and distress to neighbours, I’m afraid Labour have just lost my vote.

The Greens, with their bonkers rent control policy have to be discounted. Rent controls never worked in the past, they won’t work now. And, whilst I know one should not be personal, I am afraid that Natalie Bennett and a few of their other people fail to impress. I would trust them running the school fair, not sure viagra over the counter about the country.

I’ve just been to vote and I had to think long and hard about it. But what I did will always remain between me and the ballot box.

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