Housing remains a priority for most parties going into the general election, which takes place on 12th December 2019. Our friends at Goodlord have 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.