Labour putting populism ahead of evidence based policy.
Ed Miliband has once again launched a populist tirade against landlords that bears little resemblance to fact, landlords today argue.
Speaking at his re-launch event in London, the Labour Leader spoke once again of tenants living in fear and having to face unpredictable rent rises.
The Residential Landlords Association is today warning that many of Labour’s proposals bear little resemblance to reality. In particular:
- Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that rents are falling in real terms.
- The English Housing Survey shows that just 7% of tenancies are ended by a landlord, the vast majority of which are because tenants aren’t paying rent or committing anti-social behavior.
- 84% of private sector tenants are now satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey compared to 81% in the social sector.
- The average length of residence for tenants in private rented housing is 3.8 years and the English Housing Survey notes that “in general, those who had lived in their home for longer paid less rent.
Commenting on the speech, Alan Ward, Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association said:
“Once again Labour are playing to people’s fears and engaging in the politics of cheap populism rather than reality.
“The RLA would be the first to admit that there are many challenges facing the sector, but the debate needs to be based on sound evidence. Sadly Ed Miliband has departed from the facts.”