Statement from Karin Smyth
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol South
CJ Hole and the Bristol property market
The publication of the letter from CJ Hole to landlords has laid bare the broken property market in Bristol. For far too many young people and families housing is simply not affordable.
The problem in the private rental market is two-fold, a chronic lack of supply of new homes and an unregulated free-for-all for letting agents. Local Labour Councillors and I fully support the Acorn campaign for an Ethical Lettings Charter but action also needs to be taken in Parliament.
Therefore a Labour government will legislate to:
- Provide stability and protect tenants from unexpected rent rises with three year tenancies as standard
- Ban rip-off letting fees
- Force developers to “use or lose” land they hold
- Build at least 200,000 new homes a year
In south Bristol the Council has identified brownfield sites for 2000 new homes, including in Bedminster. They must now get on with job of getting these new properties built and uphold the commitment that at least 30% of these should be defined as affordable.
Further details of Labour’s housing policy in Bristol South are available here