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To: Theresa May

Housing Policy Needs Urgent Change

Housing Policy Needs Urgent Change

We demand an urgent Government re-think on how a vibrant UK housing market can be encouraged and supported.

An increasing number of people are reliant on the flexibility provided by renting, including but not limited to; students, those who need job mobility and also those on low incomes or benefits to whom mortgages are unavailable.

Encouraging a significant increase in the supply of quality rental housing will drive rents down and rogue housing providers out of business. Nobody in their right mind would rent sub-standard accommodation if better alternatives were available. This will only be achieved when supply exceeds demand.

Government housing policy appears to be focused almost exclusively on helping first time buyers at the expense of all else.

The UK needs more housing of all tenures, and this includes privately financed rental housing.

No amount of increased regulation and/or taxation will drive the costs of rent downwards or standards up!

Incentives need to be created to encourage private individuals to bring derelict properties back into use, and to invest into new build developments.

The number of Housing Ministers we have had over the last decade or so is also ludicrous. We need more consistency, perhaps even a body independent of Government.

Why is this important?

Increased supply and quality comes from competition and incentives, not from over regulation or divisive taxation policies.

There's a hole in the bucket and it's not being refilled quickly enough.

Private landlords are selling up in droves, thus reducing the pool of better quality homes available to rent.

Private investment into much needed rental housing is being strangled, and this MUST STOP!

National and Local Government policies are discouraging private investment into rental accommodation, especially in recent years. This is already negatively impacting housing development and the wider economy.

If the supply of private rental accommodation continues to contract, demand will cause rents to increase and ordinary people will find it even harder to find flexible and affordable housing.

Taxing suppliers, whether directly or by stealth, is always passed on to consumers. In this case, that means upward pressure on rents.

There have been several forms of stealth taxes and indirect taxation applied to private housing providers. These include; the taxation of finance costs, increased Stamp Duty Land Tax, banning tenant fees and Selective Licencing.

Government and Local Councils need to stop milking private housing providers like cash cows and reverse all such policies before further suffering is caused.

Badly informed campaigning could also undo all the good things the Housing Act 1988 achieved. We urge Government to be mindful of this.


Reasons for signing

  • Government policies having a detrimental effect on poorer members of society who rent from responsible landlords, but have little effect on criminal landlords who prey on the weak and vulnerable. * S24 tax: rent up or eviction for sale. * min room size: family evicted as room no longer big enough for child or they have another child. * Council licensing schemes (£700+): Rent up or eviction for one who can pay more *Benefit cap: eviction bc rent increase due to other policies not affordable.
  • Government needs to stop knee-jerk responses and tinkering with the housing market. Stop "giving away" chunks of council housing via hugely discounted sales, and build more social housing for rental only - this will help those who need it. Value the private landlords who provide good housing for those who want/need it; persecuting & vilifying them will drive them away and lead to more problems.
  • I am a Landlord, who is selling, I supply decent housing to in areas where tenants do not have the ability to get a mortgage. I have had to increase rents for existing tenants for the first time since I have been a Landlord, 37 years. This isn't because I'm greedy, I have to pay the increased cost. The vast majority of Landlords are like me, making a living, I don't have a big house or a fancy car and work long hours

Updates

2018-08-11 09:34:58 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-08-08 11:11:02 +0100

As nice as it would be to have 1,000's of signatures on this petition, I have a strategy which might not require that.

Just a little extra effort from the people who have already signed is all that's required.

I will email details of the next stage of our campaign strategy in due course. Meanwhile, please continue to share this campaign via Social Media Groups and by emailing your friends.

Thanks in advance for your continued support.

I will be in touch again soon.

All the best

Mark Alexander

2018-08-08 09:16:10 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-07-31 10:25:28 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-07-30 14:57:56 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-07-30 12:11:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-07-30 10:53:26 +0100

10 signatures reached