Homes

Fact checks related to house prices, the number of new homes built, landlords and private renting

14 December 2017

Is house building at record levels?

184,000 new homes were built in England in 2016/17, and there were 217,000 more homes added to the overall stock.

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Is house building at record levels?
24 November 2017

Have more council houses been built in the last seven years than under Labour?

Technically more council houses have been built since 2010 than during the 13 years of Labour but most new social houses aren’t council houses.

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Have more council houses been built in the last seven years than under Labour?
24 November 2017

Are we spending more than half our income on rent?

There are 12 local authorities where the person on the average salary would have to spend 60% or more of their income to pay the average private rent.

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Are we spending more than half our income on rent?
10 November 2017

Do most people own one house?

In England the share of households with a second home is small. The majority of households in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland own their home.

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Do most people own one house?
6 October 2017

Housing: supply and demand

The number of houses being built has increased over the last decade, but it’s not keeping up with demand.

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Housing: supply and demand
26 June 2017

Did MPs vote against forcing homes to be made fit to live in?

Currently, there aren’t any specific rules in effect requiring private landlords in England to provide properties that are ‘fit for human habitation’.

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 Did MPs vote against forcing homes to be made fit to live in?
31 May 2017

Labour’s Land Value Tax: will you have to sell your garden?

Labour isn't committing to a 'Garden Tax'. Its manifesto only promises to review the council tax and business rate systems and consider new options such as a land value tax.

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Labour’s Land Value Tax: will you have to sell your garden?
26 May 2017

Liberal Democrat Manifesto: Housing

The average house price in the UK was £216,000 in March 2017.

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Liberal Democrat Manifesto: Housing
26 May 2017

Is housing getting less affordable?

But what does ‘affordable housing’ mean? The word is used to mean different things in different contexts, and there’s no single measure of the ‘right amount’ to spend on housing.

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Is housing getting less affordable?
19 May 2017

What landlords are getting from the government

Individual landlords can get allowances for the cost of running properties.

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What landlords are getting from the government

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