A year of being stuck inside has exposed Britain’s housing nightmare – Europe’s smallest average home sizes, sky-high costs and dismally low standards. If we want better, we’re going to have to fight the landlord class.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to extend the stamp duty holiday in Wednesday’s Budget, propping up an economy that relies on ballooning property prices – and locking in the housing crisis for years to come.
The rallying cry to ‘build more housing’ has gained momentum across the political spectrum – but solving the housing crisis is about affordability and access, not supply. We need housing for public good, not private profit.
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing chaos in the housing market – but whether it leads to a property crash, a deepening crisis for renters, or even a respite in rising costs remains contested.