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Rent Cap and Social Housing

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    Sandra CrawfordSandra Crawford shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • jonathan hilljonathan hill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thatcher removed tenancy rights and fair rent controls in the 1980's. Successive labour and tory governments have done nothing to redress the balence. Many people, myself included are struggling to pay rent increases when wages havent gone up.
        There are in my opinion enough private rental properties to meet demand however without legislation on fair rent / cap landlords will charge as much as they can get away with.

        Due to an abundance of credit people will carry on paying unaffordable rent until they go bust!

        Having a rent cap would make massive savings to the taxpayer on excessive housing benefit payments, which I might add go straight to the pockets of landlords.

        I could be argued that landlords operate in the same way as an ordinary business with premises and get subsidies from the government by not having to pay business rates.

        Jon

      • Sandra CrawfordSandra Crawford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need a petition for a rent cap and social house building. My
        grown up children and all their peers face a tough future with scarce
        housing and the cost of it. This government wants housing benefit cuts for
        the poor when a rent cap would pass the burden on to those more able to
        afford the loss. Housing benefit can be an indirect subsidy for the wealthy
        landlords.

        See also http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jun/17/rents-hit-record-high.

        I think that the government should build more council homes by taxing the
        land. A combined petition for rent cap, and social housing.

        See also http://www.newstatesman.com/200409200005 and
        http://www.newstatesman.com/life-and-society/2011/03/million-acres-land-ownership

        Sandra Crawford

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