Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett pledges an end to Right to Buy and calls for a ‘Living Rent Commission’

27 April 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is to announce plans to introduce smart rent controls that keep rent rises in line with inflation, as she visits the Cressingham Gardens housing estate in Lambeth on Monday. 
 
The Green Party would link a cap on annual rent increases to the Consumer Price Index, as part of a package of measures to make the private rented sector fairer for tenants. Bennett will also commit her party to ending 'Right to Buy' and call for a 'Living Rent Commission' to investigate ways to bring rent levels down. 
 
Natalie will announce the policy at 12pm on Monday 27th April at Cressingham Gardens, Tulse Hill, SW2 2NJ, and meet local residents who are campaigning to save the estate, which the local Labour-run council plans to demolish.
 
Natalie Bennett said:
 
“The Green Party believes a house should be a home, not an asset for investors.
 
"At the moment, the private rental market is structured in a way that benefits landlords over tenants, and treats homes as investment vehicles. As more people rent, rather than own, their homes, it is vital that we correct this imbalance.
 
“Keeping rent rises in line with inflation will reduce poverty and allow tenants a better standard of living. We also need to look into all options for cutting rent. That’s why we’re calling for a Living Rent Commission to tackle our housing crisis.”
 
Natalie will also be launching the Green Party bus in Bristol on April 28th and visiting Oxford on April 29th.
 
Notes
 
2.   The Greens’ housing policy can be viewed in full at www.greenparty.org.uk/manifesto
3.   Further information on the Greens pledge to build 500,000 homes for social rent: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/files/Housing-Policy-Briefing.pdf






 

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