Article Posted -
01 May 2015

 

Finally all the parties have released their election manifestos and we can compare what all the parties say on key issues. 

Please see this handy spreadsheet to compare and contrast on a number of key policies.  Not all the proposed policies are covered here so for each of the parties manifesto’s, and our response please click on the appropriate link below.

 

 

Conservative

 

Labour

 

Lib Dem

 

UKIP

 

Greens

 

 

Rent Control

 

Against

 

For

 

??? / FOR (“will encourage it")

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

 

 

 

 

Legislating for longer Tenancies (3yr)

 

Against legislation (say longer term tenancies available now)

 

For

 

Against legislation but “will encourage it"   (longer tenancies)

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Register of Landlords

 

Against

 

For

 

For – but want it to be voluntary

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

 

 

 

 

Mandatory Licensing of Landlords

 

Against

 

Against - will leave to local councils to decide

 

Against - will leave to local councils to decide

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ban Letting Agents Fees

 

Against – they point to new laws making them more transparent

 

For

 

For – but only if recently enacted transparency laws are not working by 2016 

 

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

Restriction / Abolition of Landlord tax breaks

 

Against

 

For – only if landlord fails to keep up property standards

 

Against

 

?????

No details in their manifesto

 

For

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative Party

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/conservatives-omit-mention-prs-in-manifesto

Labour Party

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/labour-publish-manifesto-no-details-on-their-prs-policies

Liberal Democrats

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/liberal-democrat-manifesto-raises-worrying-ambiguity-on-key-issues-landlords

UKIP

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/no-mention-prs-in-ukip-manifesto-can-you-help-find-it

Green Party

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/green-party-launch-their-manifesto-attack-on-landlords 

The NLA recently held an election hustings with the parties main spokesman on the PRS which can be found here http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/nla-members-debate-prs-policies-general-election-hustings 

A few caveats

  1. Firstly the NLA is a politically neutral organisation, dedicated to lobbying and working with all parties on behalf of our members to achieve a fair legal and regulatory environment for landlord and tenant.  It is for our members to decide personally how they should vote and we as an organisation do not endorse any one political party. Instead we look at each party's policies and criticise or complement each on their merits alone, without political bias.
  2. Because policy is more nuanced than for or against, we have included a comment, e.g. on Lib Dem position on rent controls or Conservative position on three year tenancies
  3. As housing is a devolved issue in Wales and Scotland, neither SNP or Plaid included the PRS in their manifestos.  It is for this reason and this alone that we have not included the SNP or Plaid on this table.
  4. Finally the UKIP Manifesto contained barely any mentions to the PRS so we genuinely do not know what they stand for.  There have been several reports of supposed support for longer term tenancies however nothing we can corroborate.  Given their leaders own view of their last manifesto in 2010 we don’t want to rely on that and they declined to participate in our hustings debate in March.