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Lib Dem manifesto: compulsory licensing for private landlords, three-year tenancies, and limits on rent increases

Article Posted - 28th November 2019

**UPDATE 28 November**

The Liberal Democrats are today launching their manifesto for the upcoming General Election, with little positive offered for private landlords. 

Having voted to support the abolition of Section 21 – so-called ‘no fault evictions' – at their autumn conference, the party has now included this as an election promise.  

However, they have committed to legislation to introduce longer term tenancies of three years or more, with limits on annual rent increases during a tenancy, linking any rises to inflation. 

The Lib Dems are also calling for mandatory licensing in the private rented sector – although whether this is of individual landlords or of properties is unclear. 

Other housing policy pledges include: 

Other manifesto commitments relevant to private landlords include: 

The full manifesto is available here

The Labour manifesto is due to be published tomorrow (21 November). The Conservatives manifesto is not expected until next week. We will keep members updated on our website, and publish a comparison once all have been released. 

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