Right to Fair Housing

Essentially, every person has the right to reasonably priced accommodation. The way I see this playing out is as follows:

1a) Unless you or a family member actually uses the residential property as their main domicile, you either cannot own (extreme version) or pay an additional tax (weak version) on the property. NOTE: This does not apply properties the sole use of which is for business.
1b) When this particular right is instituted, the government will essentially 'bail out' those property owners who are in contravention of new rights/laws. They were not at fault for taking advantage of their particular economic situations, and should not be unduly punished. They will be given the market value of their property; houses/flats with current tenants will be offered the opportunity either to purchase the property, or remain living there at rates more reasonable to social housing. NOTE: I understand that this will cause a lot of trouble in the short term, both to the residential housing market and to some citizens' individual finances, but in the long term it will be much better.

2) A mandatory increase (per year, based on estimated population growth) in the UK housing stock - if private construction firms cannot maintain an adequate pace, then the government will have to step in to ensure that supply is maintained. Additionally, a reasonable percentage of this stock (roughly 50-70%) will be affordable housing for first-time buyers and council tenants. This should allow the costs and bureaucracy tied in to rent assistance to be drastically reduced, and the rental money will go into the public purse as opposed to private ones.

edited on Feb 17, 2015 by Adam Daniell
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