Thursday, 22 February 2018

WHY LVT WILL NOT HAPPEN — ACCORDING TO THE ECONOMIST

Here's the economic establishment scoffing at LVT. They have a point, but I hope I am showing how these problems can be overcome 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

PEOPLE'S LAND TRUST--A BRILLIANT NEW IDEA FROM THE N.E.F.

How do you burst the housing market bubble in slow motion? One idea that might be worth exploring is a People’s Land Trust and Building Society[*] (PLT hereafter) – a publicly backed but independent non-profit institution which would buy land from underneath houses and lease it to members.

Monday, 12 February 2018


­­­­­WILL THIS TINY TAX OF ½% OF LAND VALUE REALLY GIVE US LOWER HOUSE PRICES? HOW?

 The whole point of going through all the political perils of dumping Stamp Duty and replacing it with a small LVT is to drive down House Prices.  So will a bit of  LVT do the trick, and if so How? 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Are you a victim[1] of a new-build leasehold? A digression


Just look at the howls of self-pity coming from house-buyers on discovering that their property is leasehold!

Saturday, 27 January 2018


TWO GOOD ARTICLES IN TODAY’S PAPERS (SAT 27 JAN, 2018)

  
Anne Pettifor, always a good read, explains as I have done, that
“Building more homes won’t solve the housing crisis”

And over in Ireland comes the explanation that too many people actually like rising house prices. There is a coalition of the greedy and the desperate who would be horrified if prices were to crash.

  

Friday, 19 January 2018

EXCESSIVE HOUSE PRICES—HOW THEY LET IT HAPPEN

[of course it’s the price of LAND that is boosting the price, so in this extract I’ve added LAND to housing]
Here are four ways the State reinforces the hyper-commodification of housing LAND to make the price of housing so expensive.
—First, the state deregulates mortgage lending, ends rent control, and privatizes public housing LAND in the U.S. and U.K.

—Second, the state allows financialization of housing LAND by the banks pooling mortgages and selling them as “liquid assets.”

—Third, the state allows globalization of housing LAND with foreign investors speculating in U.S. housing or buying luxury housing as an investment which were never meant to be lived in.

—Fourth, the state allows gentrification to increase landlords’ profits with huge rent increases.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/19/the-myths-of-housing-policy/
In a review of David Madden and Peter Marcuse’s thought-provoking book In Defense of Housing asks us to rethink the U.S. housing crisis.



Wednesday, 3 January 2018



THE FIX: GIVE EVERYONE £40 P.A. TO HELP PAY THE NEW LAND VALUE TAX

What’s wrong with abolishing Stamp Duty completely in one fell swoop, and replacing it with a simple mini-LVT based on the value of the plot your house stands on?