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Extend Right To Buy To The Tenants Of Private Landlords

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/extend-right-to-buy-to-the-tenants-of-private-landlords-labours-jeremy-corbyn-says-10342824.html

Obviously Jeremy Corbyn has a snowballs's chance in hell of becoming Labour Leader, but it's interesting to see this being discussed again.

I'm not suggesting this would be a good idea, but I see this as the inevitable consequence of the Tories proposing to force housing associations to sell their assets. It really is a short step from forcing a not-for-profit private entity to sell its assets, to forcing a for-profit private entity to, and it's difficult to defend the former without justifying the latter.

This won't be popular with boomer voters as so many are landlords, but given that Labour probably have 10 years in the wilderness ahead of them anyway, they may as well discuss genuinely leftwing policy responses to the housing crisis rather than just being Tories Lite.

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This is brilliant! I kind of hope he gets the job. Yes, he's leftwing but he seems to have some morals and integrity, not a robot like all the other contenders and he seems to want to represent an actual leftwing Labour party. I wonder if the Tories can force private companies (Housing Associations) to sell their properties to tenants at a discount, whether there is something in the same law that can be used to force private landlords to sell their properties at a discount.

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The discount isn't a real discount

What happens is that the market price of the house is agreed, then a discount is applied to that to find the price paid by the buyer, then the government uses taxpayers' money to give the discount back to the seller.

It is simply another way of using taxpayers' money to artificially support house prices higher than the real market value

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I like that it's written seriously using consistent logic (at least in terms of government precendent). One of these days people might even work out that state-interests are not the same as national-interests, and start wondering if they can really own anything beyond someone else's whim.

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One thing I though was that UKAR be forced to offer tenants of its mortgaged properties the Right To Buy, perhaps if their landlord was in default of his mortgages.

Edited by RentierParadisio

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