Millenials have it too good these days. All they need to do is complain in a loud enough voice and some patriarchal authority figure will stoop down from on high to give them what they want.
Under-representation of women in action movies? Give them the all new, all female Ghostbusters, along with some Chris Hemsworth eye candy as the dizzy blonde receptionist.
Not enough free time? Make jobs harder for them to get and take away the traditional ‘career path’.
Stuck renting forever with no prospect of home ownership? Allow them to own 1% of the house they’re currently living in.
Ordered by notorious Social Justice Warrior Sajid Javid in the wake of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe, a new government green paper is promising dozens of concessions to the ‘victimised’ renting class who are supposedly being ‘exploited’ by their landlords.
Published August 14, the document offers a ‘New Deal’ to tenants, stripping power away from the property owners.
The green paper is filled with language designed to provoke sympathy for tenants and to cast landlords in a negative light. It is littered with quotes from the desperate and disenfranchised.
Here are a couple of examples:
“I am made to feel less of a person than the person that has bought their house.”
“Where will my children live? They cannot afford a mortgage and private renting is too expensive with no security.”
And so, having lifted their voices in supplication, their prayers will be answered by a sharing, caring government which promises to give the people what they want.
Headlining the proposed reforms is a vow to give tenants greater support so they can hold their landlords to account, and speeding up the complaints process as well as publishing league tables to highlight the performance of landlords. Because everyone loves extra bureaucracy.
And the greatest news for tenants is that they could be allowed to buy 1% of the rental property every year under a shared ownership scheme.
That’s fantastic – in as little as 100 years, they could own an entire flat or house.
But none of this is really new. The government’s right to buy scheme has been in existence for longer than some millenials have been alive. Lowering the threshold to 1% per year won’t really make any difference to anyone – and it’s not like there’s a secret plan to roll it out to the private rental sector (or is there?)
There’s no mention of any extra funding for affordable homes, and there are no proposals for ways to tackle the soaring rent inflation bubble.
The idle talk about scrapping landlords’ ability to evict tenants without cause using a section 21 notice turned out to be just that – idle talk. It makes no appearance anywhere in the green paper.
And how much difference will landlord league tables make in the real world? Our guess is none at all.
If the government really wants to address issues affecting renters, they need to start again from scratch.