18 Apr

Section 21 and why landlords will still hold all the keys in housing | Letters

SP Chakravarty says the market is inherently rigged against renters, David Griffiths wants court procedures reformed and Rev Paul Nicolson says fighting evictions will be a challengeYou are too kind in your view of the consultation paper (Editorial: Better protections for ‘generation...

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18 Apr

So 1% of the people own half of England. Inheritance tax reform could fix that | Peter Hetherington

I interviewed private landowners across the UK – if we want to stop them trading what is morally ours, we need radical changeFour years ago I asked a simple question about our most basic resource that feeds, waters and houses the nation,...

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17 Apr

Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population

Research by author reveals corporations and aristocrats are the biggest landownersHalf of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership.The...

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17 Apr

House prices rise at slowest rate in six years as Brexit hits growth

London experiences biggest slump in a decade but Midlands and north-west race aheadHouse prices across Britain have increased at their slowest rate for more than six years, with London experiencing its biggest slump in a decade as Brexit concerns drag on growth.The...

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16 Apr

The Guardian view on rights for renters: only the start | Editorial

A consultation on scrapping no-fault evictions and introducing new safeguards for tenants is welcome – but not enoughHome is not an address. It is a feeling. Millions of people have the keys to a property, yet enjoy none of the security we...

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15 Apr

Controlling house prices and the need to be able to evict bad tenants | Letters

Carolyn Hayman says action must be taken to bring prices back into an affordable ratio with incomes, while Tom Booth says section 21 should not be abolishedThere was a note of scepticism (Labour’s home truths, Nils Pratley, 10 April) about Labour’s proposal...

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15 Apr

No rogue landlords issued with banning orders in 12 months

Just four entries have been recorded on database in the year since its launch, FOI findsNot a single rogue landlord has been issued with one of the government’s new banning orders, a year after the key new power in the battle to...

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15 Apr

Good news for UK renters at last – now here’s what else we can fight for | Alicia Powell

Tenants have organised and campaigned and now ‘no-fault’ evictions are being abolished. This has to be just the startMonday marks a huge victory for private renters. Theresa May and the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, have announced that the government will abolish section...

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15 Apr

‘No-fault’ eviction of tenants must end. But beware unintended consequences | Simon Jenkins

The government is right to curtail landlords’ powers. But too much regulation could end up hurting the poorestTheresa May’s government can get some things right. The curtailment of landlords’ power to evict tenants for no reason with only eight weeks’ notice has...

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