Andree Frieze

party: Green Party
constituency: Richmond Park

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The standards of goods and services that are essential, such as food and water, are generally highly regulated. Do you support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition of a renting?

organisation: Generation Rent

Absolutely, and the Green Party would introduce a mandatory register of landlords.

Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA

Yes, Caroline Lucas our MP has been calling for this already.

Governments implement policies that directly and indirectly impact on house prices. Do you think house prices are too high?

organisation: Generation Rent

Of course house prices are too high. When we get to a stage where people can't afford to buy the home they live in, then the cost of our homes has gone beyond a joke. The Green Party would give the Bank of England the power to limit the size of mortgages in relation to property value and borrower's income.

Private sector landlords receive over £27bn a year in housing benefit and tax breaks. Would you support a rent tax that recouped up to a third of this to fund new housing supply?

organisation: Generation Rent

Rather than complicate the system by taxing private sector landlords, Green Party policy is to put an end to the tax relief they receive on mortgage interest payments. Furthermore, we see that we need to change the housing system fundamentally so we would build 500,000 social rented homes, by allowing councils to buy land and build these homes themselves, we would introduce rent caps, 5-year tenancies and a mandatory register of landlords. We would also stop right to buy and help to buy schemes as the former just puts more homes in private landlords homes and the latter increases prices. We would change the definition of affordable housing to depend on local incomes rather than local market rents. WE would also give the Bank of England the power to limit the size of mortgages in relation to property value and borrower's income.

Recent polling show that people support rent control by a margin of nine to one. Do you support a rent control that limits rent rises between tenancies as well as during tenancies?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, under the Green Party we would put a cap on annual rent increases to be linked to the Consumer Price Increase.

Britain spends £24 billion on housing benefit and less than £1.5 billion on building homes. Do you support an increase in the social housebuilding grant to £5 billion a year to build homes?

organisation: Generation Rent

The Green Party would increase the social housing building grant from £1.5bn to £6bn a year and remove borrowing caps from local councils.