Ipsos MORI indicates 71% approval for Rent Controls

Ipsos MORI indicates 71% approval for Rent Controls

10:42 AM, 11th December 2019, About 2 years ago 1

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Ipsos Mori have conducted a poll on public confidence in different parties’ housing policies and how likely they are to deliver. Click here

When asking for public opinion on specific housing policies 71% said they would support introducing rent controls so rents cannot increase faster than inflation. Only 9% were opposed with the rest neutral or didn’t know.

Most popular was improving area infrastructure before building new homes with 75% approval.

Increasing Local Authority tax on empty and second homes was also popular at 65% approval.

However, housing is only a key factor for 23% of the populations decision on how to vote. Only 15% declared housing as a key problem for the UK well behind Brexit at 57% and the NHS at 52%

Whilst this apparent popularity could explain the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, going soft on his declaration that rent controls were a dead duck it also shows housing policy is not going to be a major influence on this general election.


by Mark Alexander

11:00 AM, 11th December 2019, About 2 years ago

I suspect the 71% of people who said they would support rent controls haven't considered that such a move would be extremely likely to result in most landlords applying annual index linked rent increases. Historically, most landlords don't often increase rents mid tenancy, and very rarely do they do so annually.

People need to think very carefully about what they wish for!

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