Voting for your wallet
The most extraordinary battle over property rights is taking place in the current election campaign.
In the blue corner are the landlords and homeowners.
They’ve benefited for years from light-handed regulation, policies contributing to a failure to build enough homes in our big cities, and a super-friendly tax system.
These policies have helped house prices and rents reach very high levels.
In the red corner renters.
These have seen their rents rise, sometimes by double-digits in a single year. They’ve seen their chances of owning homes spiral out of reach.
They have a higher chance than homeowners of living in damp, unhealthy and cold houses.
They also live with the threat that their landlord can evict them with just 90 days’ notice, for no reason at all.
In previous elections, no politicians were really trying to woo the renters.
But now they have champions. are the