How Labour’s Landslide Victory Could Impact the UK Property Market?

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The recent landslide victory by the Labour Party in the UK general election has set the stage for significant changes in the property market.

With Labour’s policies aimed at improving tenant protections and housing standards, investors and homeowners are keen to understand how these changes might unfold.

This blog explores the key Labour policies and their potential impacts on the property market.

Rent Controls

Labour has explicitly stated that rent controls are not part of their policy due to concerns about potential negative impacts on rental property availability. By avoiding rent controls, Labour aims to prevent reduced landlord income and related tax liabilities, ensuring that the rental market remains viable for property investors.

No-Fault Evictions

One of the most notable policies is Labour’s support for abolishing no-fault evictions (Section 21). This change would provide tenants with greater security, preventing landlords from evicting tenants without reason. While this policy aims to protect tenants, it could alter the tenant-landlord dynamic, potentially making it more challenging for landlords to manage their properties.

National Landlords Register

Labour’s proposal to create a National Landlords Register would require landlords to register their properties and comply with rental standards. Although this policy is not directly related to taxation, it aims to increase transparency and ensure landlords adhere to housing standards, thereby improving the quality of rental accommodation.

Rent Stabilisation Measures

Labour suggests implementing rent stabilisation measures to limit rent increases within tenancies. This policy is designed to protect tenants from excessive rent hikes. While it could indirectly affect landlords’ rental income, it is not a direct tax proposal but rather a measure to promote fairer rent practices.

Property and Capital Gains Taxes

Labour’s proposals do not include specific changes to property taxes or capital gains taxes. This provides some assurance to property investors that the tax environment will remain stable, allowing them to plan their investments with greater certainty.

Empowering Tenants

Labour’s policy to allow tenants to challenge unreasonable rent increases could lead to more negotiations and potentially contentious interactions between tenants and landlords. This policy aims to protect tenants from exploitative rent practices, ensuring they have the ability to contest unfair increases.

Living Standards in Rented Accommodation

Labour plans to extend ‘Awaab’s Law’ to the private sector, requiring landlords to address health hazards like damp and mould. While this policy could improve the quality of rental properties, it may also increase costs for landlords, potentially affecting rent prices as landlords seek to cover these expenses.

Energy Efficiency Standards

Labour proposes ensuring that private rented sector homes meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2030. This policy aims to benefit tenants through lower energy bills, but it might lead to higher rents if landlords pass on the costs of making the necessary improvements.

Replacement of Business Rates

Labour’s proposal to replace business rates with a “business property tax” could indirectly affect the commercial property market, which might have knock-on effects on the residential rental market through broader economic impacts.

Impact on Non-Dom Status

Labour’s plan to abolish non-dom status could affect the housing market, particularly in central London. This policy could increase the availability of high-end properties for sale, though the overall impact is likely to be limited due to the small number of individuals affected.

General Election Impact

Historically, general elections have not significantly impacted house prices or trends. Research suggests that house prices tend to increase by an average of 4.6% in the year following a general election. Additionally, majority governments typically lead to higher house price growth compared to hung parliaments, suggesting that Labour’s landslide victory could promote house price growth through increased market stability.


Labour’s landslide victory brings a suite of policies aimed at improving tenant protections and housing standards. While some policies might increase costs for landlords, others provide stability in the tax environment and avoid drastic measures like rent controls. Understanding these potential impacts can help property investors and homeowners navigate the evolving landscape of the UK property market with greater confidence.

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