General Election 2017

Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on June 8.

Announcing the proposal for the snap general election, she said Britain needs ‘certainty, stability and strong leadership’ following the EU referendum.

While it is clear this campaign will be more about leadership of the UK thorough the Brexit negotiation process than domestic issues such as housing health and education, the RLA will be working hard to ensure candidates are aware of the benefits of a strong private rented sector.

In addition to ongoing campaigns on tax, the right to rent scheme, rent control and landlord licensing, we have developed our own manifesto, along with 6 key evidence-based policy proposals that we believe will help to make renting better for all.

We are urging all members, landlords and agents to contact their candidates to raise concerns over the previous’ governments changes to the sector.

 

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Party Manifestos

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing :

  • Crack down on unfair practices in leasehold, such as escalating ground rents.
  • Look at how to increase security for good tenants and encouraging landlords to offer longer tenancies as standard.
  • Strengthen the enforcement of equalities law – so that private landlords and businesses who deny people a service on the basis of ethnicity, religion or gender are properly investigated and prosecuted.
  • Deliver the reforms proposed in the Housing White Paper to free up more land for new homes
  • Continue to support those struggling to buy or rent a home, including those living in a home owned by a housing association.

You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing:

  • Reinstating Housing Benefit for under-21s.
  • Establishing a new Department for Housing.
  • Insulate more homes to help people manage the cost of energy bills.
  • Consulting on new rules on minimum space standards
  • Making new three-year tenancies the norm in the private rented sector, with an inflation cap on rent rises.
  • Giving the Mayor of London the power to give PRS tenants in the capital additional security.
  • Legislating to ban letting agency fees for tenants.
  • Introducing new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are 'fit for human habitation’ in PRS
  • Setting out a new national plan to end rough sleeping within the next Parliament,

You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing:

  • Reverse housing benefit cuts for 18-21 year olds
  • Increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) in line with average rents in an area
  • Help people who cannot afford a deposit by introducing a new 'Rent to Own' model
  • Ban lettings fees for tenants, capping upfront deposits and increasing minimum standards in rented homes
  • Help young people into the rental market by establishing a new Help to Rent scheme to provide government-backed tenancy deposit loans for all first-time renters under 30.
  • Give tenants first refusal to buy the home they are renting from a landlord who decides to sell during the tenancy at the market rate
  • Tenancies of three years or more with an inflation-linked annual rent increase built in
  • Mandatory licensing in the private rented sector and allow access for tenants to the database of rogue landlords and property agents.

You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing :

  • Reinstate housing benefit for under-21s, stop Local Authorities declaring young people “intentionally homeless”, and invest in community house-building projects to provide affordable, secure housing options for young people.
  • Introduce a “living rent” for all through rent controls and more secure tenancies for private renters,
  • Ban letting fees
  • Introduce mandatory licensing for all landlords.
  • Support the development of a renters’ union.
  • Roll out a major programme to build affordable, zero carbon homes, including 100,000 social rented homes each year by 2022.
  • End the Right to Buy.
  • Abolish the so called “bedroom tax.”
  • Take action to bring empty homes into use and trial a new Land Value Tax.
  • Help first-time buyers by aiming for house price stability – getting rid of buy-to-let ‘tax breaks’

You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing :

• Access low interest government loans to buy up and renovate poor housing stock or empty commercial properties
• Issue compulsory purchase orders for poor quality houses in multiple occupation.
• Introduce minimum standards for properties in receipt of housing benefit.
• Refuse housing benefit payments to landlords in breach of planning legislation.
• Establish a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to acquire primarily brownfield sites – at existing use value and through compulsory purchase if necessary – where affordable housing is required. The new homes could not be sold for private rent.
• Give tenants the right to request Housing Benefit is paid direct to their landlords, whatever benefit scheme they are on.
You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.

 

The 2017 Manifesto pledges for housing :

  • Rollout a nationwide scheme to make housing stock more energy efficient.
  • Secure compensation for those who have suffered from badly installed, government-backed cavity wall insulation.
  • Scrap the so called ‘bedroom tax’

You can read the 2017 Manifesto in full here.