A Labour government would still implement a tenant fee ban and has vowed to give tenants more consumer rights to deal with “sub standard” homes.
The party’s election manifesto, launched yesterday, promises more than 1m new homes by the end of the next Parliament as well as the building of at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for rent or sale.
If in power, the party will consult on introducing minimum space standards and has vowed to protect leaseholders from “rip off” ground rents.
Labour would also introduce standard three-year tenancies, restore housing benefit for 18-21 year olds and create an inflation cap on rent rises.
The manifesto states: “Home is at the heart of all of our lives. It’s the foundation on which we raise our families, the bedrock for our dreams and aspirations. But for too many people, the housing pressures they face are getting worse not better. Britain has a housing crisis – a crisis of supply and a crisis of affordability.
“After seven years of failure, the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. Since 2010, house building has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s, rough sleeping has risen every year, rents have risen faster than incomes, there are almost 200,000 fewer home-owners, and new affordable house building is at a 24-year low.
“It doesn’t have to be like this.”