For the English private rented sector (PRS) there is much in the upcoming UK general election manifestos for landlords and agents to digest.

Below is a summary of the key housing related pledges from the main political parties.

Labour Party

Scrapping of section 21 repossession.

Empower renters to challenge unreasonable rent increases.

Prevent rental bidding wars.

New obligations on PRS landlords to fix health hazards, to be modelled on the existing requirements for social landlords contained in the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023.

Extending ‘Awaab’s Law’ to PRS. This measure (currently in place in social housing) requires landlords to investigate and fix health hazards like damp and mould within specified timeframes.

Prevent private renters being exploited and discriminated against.

Homes in the PRS to meet minimum energy efficiency rating of C by 2030.

1.5 million new homes over the next Parliament including the creation of new towns.

Update the National Policy Planning Framework including restoring mandatory housing targets and requiring local planning authorities to have up-to-date Local Plans.

Adopt a brownfield first approach prioritising the development of previously used sites. Take a more strategic approach to greenbelt land designation and prioritise the release of lower quality ‘grey belt’ land.

1% increase of stamp duty for international buyers to help local authorities fund additional planning officers.

Introduce a mortgage guarantee scheme for first time buyers.

Reviewing Right to Buy discounts and increasing protections on newly built social housing.

Give first-time buyers the first chance to buy homes and end entire developments being sold off to international investors before houses are built.

Conservative Party

Scrapping of section 21 repossessions.

Reform of the courts before fully abolishing Section 21.

Pass a Renters’ Reform Bill that will deliver fairness in the rental market for landlords and renters alike.

Strengthen grounds for landlords to evict private tenants guilty of anti-social behaviour.

Introduce a two-year temporary Capital Gains Tax relief for landlords who sell to their existing tenants.

Deliver 1.6 million homes in England through the next Parliament.

Increase the threshold at which first-time buyers pay Stamp Duty to £425,000 from £300,000 permanently.

Delivering a record number of homes each year on brownfield land in urban areas by providing a fast-track route through the planning system for new homes on previously developed land in the 20 largest cities.

Strong design codes to ensure the gentle densification of urban areas, with new family homes and mansion blocks on tree-lined streets built in the local character

Introduce new Help to Buy scheme.

Implementing tests to require a local or UK connection for social housing.

Ensure councils have the powers they need to manage holiday lets.

Liberal Democrat Party

Scrapping of section 21 repossession.

Three-year tenancies the default.

Creating a national register of licensed landlords.

Landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties to EPC C or above by 2028.

Increasing the building of new homes to 380,000 a year across the UK, including 150,000 social homes a year, through new garden cities and community-led development of cities and towns.

Building ten new garden cities.

All new homes and non-domestic buildings to be built to a zero-carbon standard.

Giving local authoritiesthe power to end the Right to Buy in their areas.

Greens

Scrapping of section 21 repossession.

Rent controls so local authorities can control rents if the rental market is unaffordable for many local people.

Give tenant’s rights to demand energy efficiency improvements.

Private residential tenancy boards to provide an informal, cheap and speedy forum for resolving disputes before they reach a tribunal.

150,000 new social homes a year including new building and bringing long-term homes and privately-rented homes into council ownership.

End Right to Buy in full.

Community right that gives local authorities, social landlords and community groups first choice on buying certain privately owned properties.

Reform

Reverse Section 24 for landlords.

Abolish the proposed Renters Reform Bill.

Boost the monitoring, appeals and enforcement process for renters with grievances and give priority to those who have ‘paid into the system’ by prioritising British nationals

Fast-track planning and tax incentives for development of brownfield sites.

‘Loose fit planning’ policy for large residential developments with pre- approved guidelines and developer requirements.

Incentivise innovation to speed up building: modular construction, digital technology and building sites that improve efficiency and cut waste.