Rachel Featherstone

party: Green Party
constituency: Sunderland Central

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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

The Green Party would seek to build 500,000 new homes in our first Parliament and bring 350,000 empty houses back into use using Empty Property Use Orders. We would expect this supply of affordable social housing to lower the housing benefit bill and put downwards pressure on private sector rents. We would fund the building by ending mortgage tax relief for private landlords and ending Help to Buy programmes.

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

The Green Party do support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition to renting. We would introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for private landlords.

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

In government, the Green Parry would increase the social housebuilding budget to £4.5 billion per year by the end of our first Parliament. With that, we would build 500,000 affordable and sustainable homes. We would also work to bring empty houses back into use by using existing Empty Property Use Orders. We would fund this by scrapping mortgage interest tax relief for private landlords and stopping the Help to Buy scheme.

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

Green Party policy is to reform the private rented sector by introducing a 'living rent' tenancy (including five year fixed tenancies) and smart rent controls that cap annual rent increases and are linked to the Consumer Price Index. We do not currently have plans to limit rent rises between tenancies but the additional supply of social housing should stabilise rents and ensure they do not take an unsustainable proportion of a household's income.