The Conservative Party manifesto has launched, with the catchphrase “get Brexit done” printed at the top.
Focusing on property however, here’s what the manifesto is proposing:
• Introduce long-term fixed rate mortgages. More
• Charge non-UK residents a stamp duty surcharge. More
• Abolish ‘no fault’ evictions – aka get rid of Section 21.
• Give greater rights of possession to good landlords.
• Enable councils to discount homes in perpetuity by a third for local people who cannot otherwise afford to buy in their area. They could use this to prioritise the likes of police, nurses and teachers.
• Maintain a commitment to Right to Buy for council and housing association tenants.
• Simplify shared ownership products by setting a single standard for all housing associations.
• Ban the sale of new leasehold homes.
• Get closer to the target of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. Build at least a million more homes over the next parliament.
• Simplify the planning system for the public and small builders.
• Support Modern Methods of Construction.
• Use stamp duty funds to tackle homelessness – expand the Rough Sleeping Infinitive and Housing First programmes.
• Amend planning rules so infrastructure like roads, schools, GP surgeries come before people move into new homes, using a £10bn Single Housing Infrastructure Fund.