Toby Lloyd
 

By Toby Lloyd

Exposing the property parasites

David Cameron’s announcement today that the Land Registry will publish information on the UK property holdings of foreign companies is welcome: although it is understandably and rightly being presented as a move to tackle corruption, it has positive implications for our dysfunctional property market.

The examples shown in today’s media coverage reinforce what we’ve known for sometime, that homes in this country are increasingly been treated by some as instruments of unproductive financial speculation rather than places to live.

Some … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
 

By Pete Jefferys

Will house building survive the next crash?

House prices are now above the peak they hit before the last recession. That crisis, caused in part by dodgy lending, was a disaster for many parts of our society and economy. House building was high among them with so many jobs lost and so many much-needed homes never built. Next time house prices fall though it will be even worse. House-building will be devastated.

From 2007 to 2009 the number of new homes started by private builders plunged 59%. … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
 

By Jenny Pennington

Private renters: the squeeze and then the freeze

You will hear us talk a lot about our concern that rents are rising. We don’t just care about what rents are doing per se, we particularly care about whether any changes affect the people who have to meet their current rent payments and keep up with rent rises in order to keep a roof over their heads. If rents were at an affordable level and incomes grew too, rent rises could be fine.

So while we know that private … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
 

By Pete Jefferys

Zoning: American dreams or going Dutch?

The Chancellor is determined to get us building more homes. I’m genuinely convinced of that. What I’m much less convinced of it’s that his current set of reforms will let this happen at scale or that the homes that get built will be affordable to buy or rent for most people on normal wages.

He’s certainly got the right language. When Shelter and KPMG put out our recommendations for how to get us building 250,000 new homes per year we … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
 

By Toby Lloyd

Can public land sales solve the deficit and the housing shortage?

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with me banging on about the central role of the land market in our dysfunctional housing supply system. Simply put, we’ll never build the number of homes we need in England, and certainly won’t make them affordable to ordinary families, unless we can get the right bits of land into the right hands, at the right price.

Sadly, we seem to be completely unable to do this. The land market remains terrifyingly … MORE...