White papering over the cracks

James Driscoll considers the leasehold and rented accommodation proposals in the government’s housing white paper, and finds them short on detail

“The housing market in this country is broken, and the cause is very simple: for too long, we haven’t built enough homes.”

This dramatic opening statement illustrates that the main focus of the government’s long-awaited housing white paper consists of proposals to increase new housing by reforms to the planning system and changes to the role of local authorities and developers.

But for those who are interested in residential leases and the private rented