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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Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

5:15 AM, 10th August 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Heather G. at 09/08/2018 - 20:54
Wow Heather, you have been busy. Thank you so much.

Yes of course I’m happy for the petition to be discussed on any forum.

I’ve not heard of quite a few of the guru’s you have mentioned, I will have to Google them.

We need to get as many groups as we can behind this and I cannot thank you enough for your help.


23:10 PM, 13th August 2018, About 6 years ago

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Heather G.

11:53 AM, 20th August 2018, About 6 years ago

I emailed Rob Dix of The Property Hub if he'd be willing to publicise the 38 Degrees petition and this was his reply:
"Hi Heather – I won't because I don't think petitions like this make any difference for the most part, but we're working on something at The Property Hub that should be a very effective way of getting landlords' concerns heard in the press. Watch this space!"
The attitude that petitions don't make a difference is worrying but I'm interested to know what they are planning to do to get more press coverage.

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

12:03 PM, 20th August 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Heather G. at 20/08/2018 - 11:53
We all need to support each other’s efforts. Please remind him of that. We will be happy to support his in return.


21:23 PM, 2nd September 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Anthony Endsor at 31/07/2018 - 19:47I had a MX mortgage. When term came to an end...they wanted me to carry on paying the mortgage which I did for 6 months without replying to me getting another tenant in. They asked for the details of the new tenancy I arranged with leeds council, a good tenant, low risk, and good rent, leaving me a nice profit and plenty to pay mtge with. They took my property very shortly AFTER THIS ARRANGED TENANCY WITH THE COUNCIL. THEN THEY SENT ME A COMPLETION LETTER STATING I OWED THEM 26K AS THEY SOLD IT VERY CHEAP LOWER EVEN THAN MY OFFER I RECD IN 2009 FOR £175 BEFORE I SPENT THOUSANDS in improvements in order to sell it. They repossessed it instead of letting me have a new tenant but said by all means carry on paying the mortgage. CORRUPTION. MY PROPERTY WENT INTO HANDS OF MX CREDITORS UK ASSET RESOLUTION LTD, GOVTS HELP TO BUY SCHEME. AMERICAN.

Rajuchacha Sharma

10:51 AM, 6th September 2018, About 6 years ago


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