The Conservative Party manifesto has launched, with the catchphrase “get Brexit done” printed at the top.
Focusing on property however, here’s what the manifesto is proposing:
• Introduce long-term fixed rate mortgages. More • Charge non-UK residents a stamp duty surcharge. More • Abolish ‘no fault’ evictions – aka get rid of Section 21. • Give greater rights of possession to good landlords. • Enable councils to discount homes in perpetuity by a third for local people who cannot otherwise afford to buy in their area. They could use this to prioritise the likes of police, nurses and teachers. • Maintain a commitment to Right to Buy for council and housing association tenants. • Simplify shared ownership products by setting a single standard for all housing associations. • Ban the sale of new leasehold homes. • Get closer to the target of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. Build at least a million more homes over the next parliament. • Simplify the planning system for the public and small builders. • Support Modern Methods of Construction. • Use stamp duty funds to tackle homelessness – expand the Rough Sleeping Infinitive and Housing First programmes. • Amend planning rules so infrastructure like roads, schools, GP surgeries come before people move into new homes, using a £10bn Single Housing Infrastructure Fund.