Guy Nicholson: There is a housing crisis we need to address

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate Guy Nicholson says there is a housing crisis in Sittingbourne and Sheppey that needs to be raised up the political agenda.

“We have so many young people who cannot possibly afford to buy. Generation Rent have become too dependent on the private rented sector. I have been out and about talking to many residents who have deep concerns about private sector landlords.

People deserve greater security of tenure. We plan to introduce long term tenancies to prevent rip off rents. We will include legislation in our first Queens Speech to ban letting agents fees charged to tenants. This will save Generation Rent £625 for each family over the period of a long term tenancy.

What I and local Labour Councillors find is that in too many local cases the standard of housing is unsatisfactory. This does not apply to all landlords, of course.

There is housing development in Sittingbourne and Sheppey but far too little of it is affordable.  We want to get young families greater security in their housing.”

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