Which box should I put my cross in?

Labour or Tory? Vic­to­ria Whit­lock weighs up the poli­cies and con­cludes pri­vate land­lords will get a bash­ing, who­ever wins the elec­tion

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Letting On -

the bed­posts to get them to stay for three years, and I hardly ever in­crease the rent, these poli­cies will give lenders the jit­ters so land­lords will find it harder to bor­row, and the added risks will force many to sell up.

Let’s not for­get that this Labour Party has also floated the idea of ex­tend­ing right to buy to pri­vate ten­ants, which would see land­lords forced to sell their prop­er­ties to their ten­ants at hefty dis­counts. This pro­posal has been dropped for the time be­ing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t rear its head again in the fu­ture.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn is known to be in favour of a ban on let­ting agents’ fees. While for­mer Tory leader David Cameron an­nounced his in­ten­tion to in­tro­duce such a ban, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ap­pears to be back-ped­alling. She has voted against the move in the past and, if she stays in power, she might let the idea slide.

I would ac­tu­ally sup­port a ban on let­ting agents’ fees to ten­ants be­cause I don’t see how they can be jus­ti­fied, but I know that many land­lords be­lieve that agents will just pass the costs on to them, which will ul­ti­mately lead to higher rents, so no one wins.

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