The leader of the Green Party says she wants rent controls which would restrict rises for sitting tenants and give them “significant increases in security” such as longer tenancies.
Natalie Bennett says her party has already achieved one success with the policy - persuading the London Assembly housing committee to back rent controls.
“We need to ensure private landlords provide houses fit for living in. But above all we need to regard houses as homes, a basic right, not a financial cash cow for the few” says Bennett in a letter to The Guardian.
The Green Party is not as ‘fringe’ as many observers think. It has one MP, two Members of the European Parliament, two London assembly members and 139 local councillors.
It also controls Brighton council (despite bitter in-fighting between Green Party factions) and it holds the deputy mayor position in London. At the last general election it fielded 310 candidates and won 265,243 votes.