As we are all aware many young people are being increasingly priced out of housing and the levels of home ownership are at their lowest levels for 25 years. I have just been reading ‘Eight fascinating facts from the English housing survey‘ on the Guardian Housing Network blog. It throws up some real concerns. Some of the key facts are:
1. More people are now renting privately than socially
The number of people renting from a private landlord (4 million) overtook those renting from a council or a housing association (3.7 million) for the first time.
2. Private landlord rents are significantly higher than council homes or those provided by housing associations
3. Damp is a far more common problem in privately rented home
Nearly one in 10 (9.3%) privately rented homes has a problem with damp, more than twice the average across all house types (4.3%). Owner occupied homes have the least instances of damp (2.6%), followed by housing association properties (4.4%) and council housing (6.5%).
Doesn’t this point to one thing, that we need to build more council and social housing? But how does it get funded? Well when I read things like this – I suggest taxing every home that the likes Candy and Candy sell to overseas investors on a massive scale and putting into a ring fenced fund to build council housing. I have not done the maths, but every little helps.
By Wayne Hemingway