Survation Polling For Generation Rent Show Little Opposition to UK Rent Controls
On behalf of Generation Rent, Survation polled 1,009 people on 18th and 19th December asking a balanced question on the concept of the introduction of rent controls in the UK. The full question put was:
"In recent years rents have been rising faster than average wages in the UK.
Some people support a system of "rent control" where the government
limits the rate at which rents can increase, arguing this would make
renting more affordable for tenants.
Other people oppose "rent control", arguing this would lead to shortages of properties landlords were willing to rent."
Would you support or oppose proposals for the government in introduce a "rent control" system in the UK?
59% told Survation they backed rent controls with only 6.8% of people in opposition. 34% had no opinion.
controls were popular with the supporters of all political parties with
55% of Conservative supporters backing such a measure and 58% of UKIP
69% and 70% of current Labour and LibDem supporters backed controls.
rent controls were predictably popular with private sector tenants,
receiving the backing of 77%, there was a high level of endorsement
from homeowners, 56% of whom backed the measure.
Commenting on the findings, Generation Rent Director Alex Hilton said;
high level of support from home owners indicates concern and sympathy
from an older generation for a largely younger generation condemned by
high house prices to a lifetime of rent slavery. Private sector renters
are now spending upwards of 40% of their incomes on rent”.
supporting rent control, politicians have an opportunity to do
something that will have real, beneficial impact to millions of people
while at the same time saving the taxpayer money through the Housing
Benefit bill, £9 billion of which goes straight into the pockets of
private sector landlords”