Housing remains a priority for most parties going into the general election, which takes place on 12th December 2019. We’ve put together a guide to the key housing policies from the manifestos that have been released by the Conservatives, Labour, Green Party, and Liberal Democrats.
- Encourage long-term fixed rate mortgages which reduce the cost of deposits to support a path to home ownership for first-home buyers, and extend the Help to Buy scheme from 2021 to 2023.
- Maintain commitment to Right to Buy for all council tenants and maintain the voluntary Right to Buy scheme agreed with housing associations.
- Continue reforms to leasehold, including implementing a ban on the sale of new leasehold homes, restricting ground rents, and providing necessary mechanisms of redress for tenants
- End “no fault” evictions.
- Strengthen rights of possession for “good” landlords.
- Introduce “lifetime” deposits, which move with the tenant.
- Introduce a 3% surcharge on non-UK resident property buyers to help fund new housing programmes and initiatives to reduce homelessness.
Read more in the Conservative manifesto.
- Introduce a new social house-building programme, building at an annual rate of at least 150,000 council and social homes by the end of parliament.
- Build more low-cost homes for first-time buyers in every area, including new discount homes with prices linked to local incomes. Reform Help to Buy to focus on first-time buyers on ordinary incomes.
- Introduce a levy on overseas companies buying housing.
- End the sale of new leasehold properties, abolish unfair fees and conditions, and give leaseholders the right to buy their freehold at an affordable price.
- Introduce a zero-carbon standard for all new homes and upgrade existing homes to make them more energy efficient.
- Cap rents with inflation, and give cities the powers to cap rents further.
- Introduce new open-ended tenancies and stop “no fault” evictions.
- Ensure every rental property meets new minimum standards, enforced through nationwide licensing and tougher sanctions for landlords “who flout the rules”.
- Fund new renters’ unions throughout the country, to “allow renters to organise and defend their rights”.
- End “discriminatory rules” that require landlords to check people’s immigration status (Right to Rent checks) or that allow them to exclude people on housing benefit.
- Give councils new powers to regulate short-term lets through companies such as Airbnb.
Read more in the Labour manifesto.
- Build at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year and ensure that total housebuilding increases to 300,000 each year.
- Increase minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented properties and remove the cost cap on improvements.
- Graduate Stamp Duty Land Tax by the energy rating of the property.
- Devolve full control of Right to Buy to local councils.
- Establish a new Help to Rent scheme to provide government-backed tenancy deposit loans for all first-time renters under 30.
- Promote longer tenancies of three years or more with an inflation-linked annual rent increase built in.
- Improve protections against “rogue landlords” through mandatory licensing.
Read more in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto.
- Build 100,000 new council homes a year.
- Implement a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard escalator to raise the minimum level allowed from the current E rating to A rating by 2030.
Read more in the Green manifesto.
Last updated on 27/11/19.