The Green Party has outlined bold housing reforms in their latest manifesto ahead of the 2nd May local elections pledging to “tame” the private rented sector with “immediate” rent controls and banning of section 21 evictions.

At a campaign launch, Co-Leader Carla Denyer promised their measures would provide security and affordability for renters.

Carla Denyer says “I hear regularly from people who have been living in unacceptable conditions, crying out for secure homes or struggling to make ends meet because their rents are through the roof.”

“We need a fair deal for the millions of people renting in the private sector.”

The manifesto, under the slogan ‘fairer, greener,’ also proposes financing the insulation and greening of ten million homes through taxes on the wealthiest 1% of the population. This initiative reflects the party’s broader environmental and social goals.

The party currently have around 760 councillors on nearly 170 councils and a single MP. It is fielding four ‘headline’ prospective candidates at the next General Election in winnable seats although it has committed to have candidates in every seat in England and Wales.