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    Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

If there is one thing that Labour and the Conservatives currently have in common is that both appear ready to embark on a step change in housing policy. But are Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcements on rent controls a sign of change, or just another new political language for ‘masterly inactivity’? Ben Pattison reviews Labour’s record on private renting regulation.

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The rapid growth in London’s private rented sector and what it means for our housing system

The size of the private rented sector in London was considerably larger than other regions in 2001 (14.3%) and the difference increased further in the following decade. At the moment the jury is still out on the extent to which London is the canary in the mine of a national housing crisis or an interesting anomaly, writes Ben Pattison. Living north of […]

January 29th, 2014|Ben Pattison, Housing|5 Comments|

The growth of private renting in the UK can no longer be ignored by government

Private renting in England has grown dramatically in recent years, now accounting for 17 per cent of all households. Ben Pattison argues that housing policy has been slow to respond, and that the government should consider the sensible recommendations of a recent select committee report.  ‘Generation Rent’ seems to be increasingly difficult to ignore. Before the global financial crisis we used […]