Housing is becoming one of the top priorities for voters in the run up to the 2015 general election, according to a poll by Ipsos Mori. House prices have risen all over the country so it’s no longer an issue for just London and the South East. So here’s a round up of what the main political parties are saying for renters in the UK:
The Tories are focusing on home ownership. Earlier this month Cameron said they would build 200,000 more homes, including new starter homes for first-time buyers, and George Osborne recently announced a new Help-to-Buy ISA to help first-time buyers. For the private rental sector, they hope to deliver 10,000 new homes below market rent. However, they would have no cap on rent.
Labour are making a number of changes for renters. They say they will have a cap on rent and a ceiling on rent increases for tenancies of over three years. They also want to scrap letting agents fees for tenants and introduce a national register of landlords.
The Lib Dems want more housing, shared ownership and a rent-to-buy scheme. Their annual housebuilding target is 300,000.
The Greens want to scrap letting agent fees and bring in compulsory licensing for all landlords. They would introduce a rent cap to inflation and bring tenancy to five years with the tenant’s right to renew unless the landlord sells or moves in. There would also be a Living Rent Commission to examine more stringent proposals.
Ukip won’t introduce a rent cap but they would introduce new three to ten year tenancies, as well as Assured Shorthold Tenancies. They would encourage more landlords to rent to tenants on housing benefits.