The under 35s in Britain are part of a new phenomenon the rent generation. They face a possible lifetime of renting from private landlords having no chance of being able to buy their own property or little chance of getting their own council or housing association property.
But in Britain rent controls for private landlords were abolished in 1989 this was a disastrous decision.
As a result of rent controls for private landlords being abolished landlords can now charge extortionate rents. You can pay up to £150.00 for a bedsit in London and £300.00 for a one bedroom self contained flat. Ordinary working class people cannot afford to pay these rents and as a result are having to claim housing benefit to help pay their rent. The main reason for the massive increase in this countries welfare bill has been the huge increase in the Housing Benefit bill. So working class tax payers are paying through their taxes for the the high rents charged by private landlords through the housing benefit that they receive for the high rents that they charge.
Clearly then rent controls must be introduced straight away.Ken Livingstone has made speeches in support of the idea.However what is needed is a massive campaign from below to introduce rent controls. So get busy now.