Controls on landlords
Greens have always opposed the sell-off of council homes and we would build more in Sheffield. Right to Buy has been one more privatistion of essential public assets.
Greens would introduce rent controls and enforce minimum standards for landlords.
Britain’s 10 million renters spend half their pay on rent, more than the Victorians.
Meanwhile, landlords are under no obligation to keep their properties up to acceptable standards. Nearly one in three private rented homes falls below the very basic ‘Decent Homes’ standard.
As I visit homes around Sheffield, I see far too many private rental properties where even basic standards are not maintained, that are even obviously unsafe. And often we are subsidising the profits of their owners with housing benefit.