15:46 PM, 24th May 2022, About a month ago 11
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that additional regulation and taxes are having the opposite effect of what the Government is trying to achieve. Red tape, bureaucracy and tax are all proven methods to reduce investment.
If the real objective of the Government is for every person to be able to live in a safe home there is a very simple solution – INCREASE SUPPLY!
Imagine a scenario where every renter had a wide variety of options that fit their budget. Naturally, they would choose the best available property, which in turn would mean that the grottiest properties remain empty. The owners of those properties would then be left with three options: –
For those of us who book hotels (or own them), we have exactly the same options as described above. Likewise, if hotels fall into disrepair, the chances of us booking into them and not checking out sooner than expected are enhanced. This is no different to rental homes. If a property falls into disrepair, people will move out to a better property, but they can only do this if supply is greater than demand.
To incentivise investment into UK rental property, in order to increase supply, Government needs to level the playing field. Examples are as follows: –
Sadly, there are people who pay and are paid to portray private housing providers in the UK rental sector as parasitic capitalists of the worst kind. The reality is that landlords are simply people who have done well enough for themselves to buy more properties. If there were a lot more of us, then supply would outstrip demand, rents would not keep increasing and only those of us offering the nicest properties to live in would receive rental income and make profits.
What’s actually happening though is that landlords are being discouraged, there are not as many entering the market and there are many more selling up. This is reducing supply, leaving those who want or need to rent with a reducing pool of rental properties to choose from. This is a slippery slope, because the Government’s response is to increase regulation further. If it continues, the only rental properties still available will be owned by a small criminal element who will always continue to break the law. Is that really what the Government wants?
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