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Keir Starmer hints at new housing market restrictions for buy-to-let investors

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Labour's leader Keir Starmer has hinted that buy-to-let landlords and second home owners may be prevented from buying properties meant for first-time buyers.

His comments came during today's address to the Labour conference in Blackpool, during which he also said a Labour government would seek to raise home ownership to 70%.

This will be a challenge '� the national homeownership rate peaked in 2003 at 71% but has been steadily declining ever since and currently stands at 63%.

Starmer said he wanted to see 'no more buy-to-let landlords or second homeowners getting in first'� and that he wanted to 'help real first-time buyers onto the ladder with a new mortgage guarantee scheme'� and 'reform planning so speculators can't stop communities getting shovels in the ground'�.

Tilt the balance

His comments about landlords follow a speech by Lisa Nandy on Monday during which she said a Labour government would, for private renters, 'tilt the balance of power back to you through a powerful new renters' charter and a new decent homes standard written into law'�.

Starmer's speech will leave many landlords wondering if any of the parties support the idea of buy-to-let at all '� Labour's pitch in recent days has sounded almost identical to the Conservatives', while the LibDems and Greens aren't far off and, in the latter's case, are even more radical.

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Ben Beadle (pictured), Chief Executive of the NRLA, says: 'It is depressing that the Labour Party is once again demonising all landlords.

'The vast majority do a good job, providing a fifth of all housing in the country. That is why private tenants are more likely to be satisfied with their accommodation than those in the social rented sector.'�


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