Housing Minister Grant Shapps has ruled out rent controls in response to questioning from Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.
Rightly in our view rent controls would just result in a shrinking rental sector and more shortages in rental accommodation. Shapps argued that the rental controls introduced by previous Labour governments resulted in a contraction of the private renal sector by 47%.
Some people just don't learn the lessons of history though. It seems amongst them is Ken Livingstone (Red Ken) who has set out as one of his key policies in his attempt to be re-elected as London Mayor in 2013 a pledge to introduce rent controls in London.
Some would see this policy as proof that Leopards just don't change their spots!
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