Kitty Ussher, former treasury minister is the latest leading member of the Labour Party calling for all private landlords to be licensed. She has recently written an article in the left leaning Fabian Society calling for:
“All landlords should be licensed and required to raise the quality of their homes to the Decent Homes standard required by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“If they are unable to do so, they should hand over long-term management of their property to a social letting agency in return for a fixed, lower rate of return.”
Usher who recently backed Ken Livinstone in his battle to be elected to become Mayor of London is the latest of a series of Labour MPs to call for private landlords to be licensed. Property Hawk readers may remember that Ken Livingstone had made a campaign for rent controls as a major part of his campaign to be re-elected.
Is this a big surprise? Not really….remember it was the Labour Party that regulated the private rented sector almost out of existence during the last century. Begrudgingly they have kept away from rent control legislation but landlords should be clear that every fibre in the Labour Party is against the existence of small landlords and an independent private rental sector. A leopard doesn't chance it's spots as "OLD PRUDENCE" AKA Gordon Brown the tax and spend Chancellor who managed to leave the country with a massive debt despite his bleating re-assurances proves.
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