Thursday, 9 August 2018

WHEN FULL LVT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, WILL WE STILL NEED SOCIAL HOUSING?


We don’t have ‘social food’ or ‘social clothing’ thanks goodness! Yet once there were Mao’s hordes of blue-denim clad Chinese. Not any more. We wear the clothes we fancy (very cheap because of the self-same hordes) and have such food choices that obesity is our main problem. I’d like to make the case that Social Housing should go the way of the blue denim uniform. In the post-LVT era, houses will be so cheap, so plentiful and yes, so good that state-organised house-building and renting will seem no more than an ancient curiosity.   

Saturday, 16 June 2018

“HOUSEBUILDERS CASHING IN ON LAND-VALUES? 
How dare they muscle in on our Scam.” SAY BANKSTERS
Leasehold scandal: the banks that won’t lend on homes with damaging ground rents 
Developers hid damaging ground rent clauses in new-build homes, leaving them unsellable 
·        Sam Barker The Telegraph14 JUNE 2018 • 5:20PM
An investigation has laid bare the scandal of doubling ground rents affecting hundreds of thousands of people who own leasehold homes.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

THE CORE IDEA TO FIX THE HOUSING CRISIS:
LAND VALUE TAXATION

Is there a housing crisis? Are houses too expensive, shoddy and too small? Is there a need for many more new houses, better suited to modern lifestyles? Of course there is a crisis especially of affordability. First to be fixed is the affordability crisis. Once that is achieved, then the production of better houses and many more of them becomes possible. But getting prices down is the first priority.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

WHAT OWNING A HOME MEANS NOW,
 AND HOW LVT WILL CHANGE IT
Can we imagine a better world, one where the housing crisis is ‘fixed?
What kind of payoff can home-owners expect from the LVT revolution?

Sunday, 4 March 2018

HOUSES CHEAPER, BETTER, MORE.

ARE WE ANY NEARER YET?

SO FAR: AS FAR AS CITIZENS (VOTERS) SEE IT

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?