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Labour mayor hopeful details housing policies

Labour’s newly-elected candidate for next year’s London mayoral election says he will name and shame rogue landlords and create a public letting agency “because people are fed up with being ripped off by letting agents.”

Sadiq Khan has outlined a multi-point plan for the private and social rental sectors including:

- Make it easier for borough councils to set up landlord licensing schemes;

- Name and shame those who “treat tenants badly” - both private individual landlords and poor-performing councils;

- Fight for the power to limit or freeze rent rises in the private sector;

- Introduce a ‘London Living Rent’ which would be linked to a third of average incomes;

- Create a London-wide not-for-profit letting agency because “people are fed up with being ripped off by letting agents.”

- Promote what he calls “longer-term, stable tenancies.”

On broader housing policies, Khan wants:

- a 50 per cent affordable housing target for any new development;

- planning powers to stop 'buy-to-leave' and “put first-time buyers and local tenants first”;

- to develop 'London Home Bonds' and pension fund investments to provide cash for new house building;

- to bring forward more land owned by public bodies like Transport for London for development.

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    Make it easier for landlord licensing schemes to be introduced, really? And naming and shaming 'rogues' what exactly does that mean? A weekly spot in the Evening Standard, perhaps?!

  • Tim Gorgulu

    This all seems a bit vague if you ask me, which isn't surprising, how exactly doe he propose to 'promote longer term, stable tenancies?'

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