So we heard on the 1st that Labour's new shadow chancellor, Chris Leslie is against rent controls and he's a Landlord.
Mr Leslie said the party's policy of limiting the speed of rent increases for tenants had upset people seeking to profit from housing by implying that fast rises were exploitative.
Well isn't that exactly because they are generally exploitative? Too many tenants have been lured into a seemingly reasonable 6 month tenancy agreement only to have their rent increased substantially shortly after the 6 months or they face eviction. It's almost always the easier option for the tenant to simply agree to the rent increase. There are of course, the first-timer Landlords who will rent a property out for substantially lower than market value and who, given 6 months of research may wish to increase that rent to the “proper” level but this should still be done so gradually, through the regulation of rent controls.
Yet in the Pirate Party there is a very different tune. Deputy Leader, David Elston and the Spokesperson for Wales is a Landlord but is instead a strong advocate for rent controls.