I have started a petition on 38 Degrees

I have started a petition on 38 Degrees

10:11 AM, 30th July 2018, About 6 years ago 16

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Please will you help me to explain to the Government how to solve the housing crisis as opposed to making it worse?

Politicians and the media seem only speak in sound-bites these days, so that’s how I have worded the petition I’ve started on 38 Degrees.

Housing Policy Needs Urgent Change

We demand an urgent Government re-think on how a vibrant UK housing market can be encouraged and supported.

An increasing number of people are reliant on the flexibility provided by renting, including but not limited to; students, those who need job mobility and also those on low incomes or benefits to whom mortgages are unavailable.

Encouraging a significant increase in the supply of quality rental housing will drive rents down and rogue housing providers out of business. Nobody in their right mind would rent sub-standard accommodation if better alternatives were available. This will only be achieved when supply exceeds demand.

Government housing policy appears to be focused almost exclusively on helping first time buyers at the expense of all else.

The UK needs more housing of all tenures, and this includes privately financed rental housing.

No amount of increased regulation and/or taxation will drive the costs of rent downwards or standards up!

Incentives need to be created to encourage private individuals to bring derelict properties back into use, and to invest into new build developments.

The number of Housing Ministers we have had over the last decade or so is ludicrous. We need more consistency, perhaps even a body independent of Government.

Why is this important?

Increased supply and quality comes from competition and incentives, not from over regulation or divisive taxation policies.

There’s a hole in the bucket and it’s not being refilled quickly enough.

Private landlords are selling up in droves, thus reducing the pool of better quality homes available to rent.

Private investment into much needed rental housing is being strangled, and this MUST STOP!

National and Local Government policies are discouraging private investment into rental accommodation, especially in recent years. This is already negatively impacting housing development and the wider economy.

If the supply of private rental accommodation continues to contract, demand will cause rents to increase and ordinary people will find it even harder to find flexible and affordable housing.

Taxing suppliers, whether directly or by stealth, is always passed on to consumers. In this case, that means upward pressure on rents.

There have been several forms of stealth taxes and indirect taxation applied to private housing providers. These include; the taxation of finance costs, increased Stamp Duty Land Tax, banning tenant fees and Selective Licencing.

Government and Local Councils need to stop milking private housing providers like cash cows and reverse all such policies before further suffering is caused.

Badly informed campaigning could also undo all the good things the Housing Act 1988 achieved. We urge Government to be mindful of this.



Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is email your friends or share the link below on Facebook or Twitter:


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Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:37 AM, 31st July 2018, About 6 years ago

Signed and shared

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10:51 AM, 31st July 2018, About 6 years ago

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10:54 AM, 31st July 2018, About 6 years ago

Signed with comments.

Mike T

13:23 PM, 31st July 2018, About 6 years ago


Anthony Endsor

19:47 PM, 31st July 2018, About 6 years ago


Chris @ Possession Friend

9:04 AM, 1st August 2018, About 6 years ago

Has a letter about this petition been sent to the Landlord Associations, as they should be bringing it to their members attention.
Response, or lack if, could be a cause for publicity in itself ?

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

10:38 AM, 1st August 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 01/08/2018 - 09:04
I contacted SAL but they said as it was addressed to Theresa May it had nothing to do with Scotland.

I have also informed The Press association and a few high level mortgage lender contacts.

Obviously, it's in our Newsletter, and all Landlords associations subscribe to that, but I do not have time to contact them all individually.

I could do with some help with this, if you or anybody else would like to offer?

Chris @ Possession Friend

11:54 AM, 1st August 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 01/08/2018 - 10:38
It would be good if some subscribers of p118 did contact Landlord Associations - any volunteers. ?


17:27 PM, 1st August 2018, About 6 years ago

Signed and shared. Also sending to my letting agent/s

Heather G.

20:54 PM, 9th August 2018, About 6 years ago

Signed. Would it be OK if I put this up on Property Tribes? I have sent it to RLA and asked them to publicise it. I've also sent it to: Property Wire, Kate Faulkner at Propertychecklists, Mike Stenhouse Inside Property Investing, Rob Dix Property Geek, Property Hawk, Jason West Online Property Courses, Tony Lat Your First 4 Houses, Property Secrets, Richard Brown The Property Voice, The Good Property Co and Every Investor. Also, if people could put it on Property Hub and other fora? What about other property publications ie Property Investor News, Your Property Network etc ? And other "property gurus" like Kam Dovedi, Aran Curry, Progressive Property, Fielding Financial, Peter Jones the Property Teacher, Mark I'Anson, LNPG, Rob Stewart etc?

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