Monthly archives: February 2017

Catharine Banks
Catharine Banks

By Catharine Banks

Government wakes up to abuse of the leasehold system – but this is just a symptom of a bigger problem

The recent Housing White Paper included a welcome promise that the Government will consult on measures to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of the leasehold system. There has been a steady stream of media coverage in recent months of new build homebuyers finding themselves trapped by spiralling increases of the ground rents they are required to pay on top of their mortgage. It’s good to see Government taking steps to help those homeowners directly affected by this – but worth … MORE...

Catharine Banks
Catharine Banks

By Catharine Banks

White Paper signals a genuine shift towards greater land data transparency

Measures to improve transparency over land ownership, control and use in yesterday’s Housing White Paper are extremely welcome – and not a moment too soon. Before Christmas, Shelter set out our case for greater land market transparency – so how do the government’s proposals measure up?

Overall, there was a marked shift in tone in yesterday’s White Paper, towards opening up information on our land and development markets for the benefit of local authorities, communities, and new entrants. The … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Government promises more security for renters. Should we believe the hype?

We have long been campaigning for private renters to get more security from eviction, so they can make their house or flat a proper home.

So, on the face of it, the government’s promise that the changes in today’s Housing White Paper “will help renters have the security they need to be able to plan for the future” is great news. It follows on from the announcement of the letting fees ban, focussing on the concerns and … MORE...

Steve Akehurst
Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

The White Paper: a step, rather than a leap, in the right direction

We’ve finally had the chance to have a look at the government’s long awaited housing White Paper, covering housebuilding and private renting. Below is some important context and our thoughts on the mix of proposals.

Why don’t we build enough homes? In order to judge the White Paper properly, it’s important to understand the reasons behind the under-supply of new homes. The fundamental reason is simple: private housebuilding is overly dependent on a handful of big developers whose very … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

White Paper day: get ready for housing policy bingo

Today’s release of the White Paper on housing will finally show us whether the government is serious about tackling the housing shortage and giving renters the security they need. This blog looks at what’s been trailed so far.

After a gestation period longer than an elephant’s and as closely watched as a royal pregnancy, the White Paper on housing is finally due to be birthed later day. Despite a huge number of trails, leaks and pre-briefs, we still don’t know … MORE...