Originally Posted by Thargor
Hopefully the vote of no confidence in the housing minister wil go through and collapse the government, it might shake the cobwebs in their brains a bit, slim chance though.
Unfortunately, I believe no change in Housing Minister, and no change in government, will make any difference. All our politicians, from all parties and all sides, do not have the spine to do what needs to be done because its unpopular.
You have to ask yourself, while property prices are stable/falling slightly, and while rents are increasing, why are there fewer landlords at the end of the year than the beginning, and fewer properties to rent? Why are the greedy landlords leaving when they should be making pots of money by exploiting the super profits everyone thinks they are making? The answer is, there are many easier ways to make more money with less risk.
If you want the government to get back into the direct provision of social housing, this will cost money - higher taxes for everyone (not just the rich, which some politicians will try to make you believe).
If you want to make evictions easier, this means (at least in short term) an increase in the "homeless" figures.
If you give tax breaks for landlords, you are feeding the fat cats on the backs of the poor workers etc.