The Alliance Housing Policy

by Larry Sweeney

9:05 AM, 2nd July 2019
About 11 months ago

The Alliance Housing Policy

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The Alliance Housing Policy

Following on from the onslaught against the PRS emanating from Government, Councils and other anti-landlord bodies, the Alliance has now published its housing policy.

We have stated our case at the Fair Possession Coalition summit regarding the abolition of section 21. As the curtains come down on May’s failed Premiership, there is an opportunity for the new PM to address the housing issue, not by taking cheap shots and jumping on the hate band wagon, but by listening to the real stakeholders and acting accordingly.

We call upon our fair coalition partners to join us and sign off on this declaration. No more weak protests or words. Let us all give a reason to our members for joining our respective organisations. Landlords as hard working tax payers deserve real representation.

Join the Alliance here >> https://landlordsalliance.co.uk/

Our housing policy is designed, to stimulate the market, provide much needed accommodation, while providing choice by facilitating mobility and keeping prices down by offering real choice as well as helping Benefit tenants in to homes.

We must point out that Shelter who profess to want to help benefit tenants, have refused to bond said tenants and certainly do not provide accommodation for them, unlike hard pressed Landlords.

We now outline our blueprint for progress:

– Scrap Section 24 immediately. This measure subverts normal accounting rules. It failed in Ireland and is failing here.

– Retain Section 21. The threat of abolition is already driving shortages. The Landlord who purchased the property, maintains it and pays the mortgage naturally his rights overriding those of a tenant who pays a monthly rent. That’s the reality. To pursue the abolition is to undermine property rights.

– Remove Stamp Duty on all property under £500k.

– Remove Stamp Duty on all BTL property where the property has been empty for 12 months or requires major repairs.

– Remove Stamp Duty on properties being refurbished as HMO’s or converted in to 3 or more self contained units.

– VAT on building materials at 10%.

– Housing Benefit claimants – Introduce tax breaks to encourage landlords to accept this riskier demographic with UC paid direct to the landlord from day one. Parity of treatment with respect to contractual agreements. Both landlords and tenants to abide by the terms of the contract and where tenants break the contract and leave their UC continues to be paid to the LL until expiry of the contract.

– Reset the clock on Planning. Centralise it, removing council employees from any decision making on building and planning.

– Put all legislation for rented property on a single footing, no more anomalies applying different standards to the PRS and social housing.

– One government body to oversee all housing regulation removing activists and charities who bring nothing, but negativity to the table. Ensure this new body has representatives from the legal sector as well as government and the PRS.

– Amend the housing act 2004 to ban all Council Licensing Schemes which are nothing more than revenue raising scams by bankrupt councils introduced and given an appearance of legitimacy by biased consultations.

– Introduce a national database of landlords nationwide costing £50 per landlord for 5 years.

– No landlord to obtain housing benefit payments unless registered and cleared by HMRC.

– In areas of high homelessness, scrap min room sizes to get people off the streets until these measures kick in and more rooms come to the market.

We urge the Conservative leadership contenders to adopt these measures as a matter of urgency and invite the NLA and RLA to endorse them now. Lets get the rental market moving again. Lets give investors confidence and tenants choice.



Comments

landlord247

20:51 PM, 6th July 2019
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 06/07/2019 - 18:52
I agree HMRC know the total incomes of landlords but the information is not shared with councils.

landlord247

21:02 PM, 6th July 2019
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 06/07/2019 - 19:54
Hi Chris
I must be missing something. What benefit are you expecting to get from being on a government list?

Bearing in mind at some point or other in the future the government (of one colour of another) will need to raise taxes and will review the easy options. This list would make for a very easy lets tax landlords like this list.

Also please do remember that each council is nothing more than a limited company albeit one that can put it's prices up and force its 'customers' to pay more whilst at the same time reducing what 'service' they provide (I do of course use the term service tongue in cheek).

Maybe I am being too skeptical and untrusting of either the government or councils, but I like to make decisions based on my own first hand experiences and from where I am standing they do not seem like they want to help any private landlords in any way whatsoever.

Possession Friend

21:02 PM, 6th July 2019
About 11 months ago

Yes Landlord247, but that's the authorities fault if they can't get their act together, not reason for more bureaucracy and cost to the PRS, - god knows we have enough already.

Possession Friend

21:25 PM, 6th July 2019
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by landlord247 at 06/07/2019 - 21:02
The govt already raised taxes by Sec 24 and they didn't need a list for that did they.
The quid pro quo, for a reasonable Registration fee, that I suggested earlier is ;
No need for any Licensing schemes, as L.A's can go and inspect the properties Not on the list from Council Tax and HMRC data ( as I said, that's for them to get organised )
Further,
That registered landlords have instant access to a Benefit - U.C database of which Tenants that they would pay Housing benefit direct to the landlord, - with the proviso, that ANY reported breach of rent by a Landlord would stop direct payment of benefit to the Tenant for a period of 5 years.
I know this is a big ask - bargaining request, but it would give Landlords confidence of who ( on benefit ) to rent to ( and who not to - those who would be eligible for Direct payment perhaps, as they would be rental defaulters w/i last 5 years ( kinda lie a Tenant reference database ! )
It would save L/A's all the bureaucracy of Licensing schemes and let them focus on enforcing against the truly Bad landlords - there's a lot less of them to focus on than the meaningless Licenses being issued. !

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