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Briefing: Rent control - what is Labour offering?

On Monday Ed Miliband outlined how Labour plans to address the crisis in private renting, with further details on the party’s 2014 policy to regulate private rents. The announcement was accompanied by other policies to address the housing crisis, including secure three-year tenancies, a ban on letting agent fees charged to private renters and a national register of landlords. Plans for rent control have unsurprisingly provoked criticism from Conservatives, with ministers misleadingly evoking the much blunter rent control systems of Venezuela or Vietnam, and even more bizarrely in Boris Johnson’s case, the Roman emperor Diocletian. But do Labour’s plans go far enough, and would they deliver the sort of rent controls the public now overwhelmingly support?