In just under 2 weeks we will be finding out who will be moving into Downing Street. And, with The Green Party and UKIP having more media presence - this General Election feels tenser than ever.

Do you know who you will be voting for on the 7th May? This is what the parties are saying about housing!

David Cameron has also recently pledged to build 200,000 'starter homes' for first time buyers IF the Conservatives win the next election. Whereas the other parties have set no targets for 'affordable housing'. The Tories are pledging to have 275,000 new affordable homes by 2020. The Green Party have also made a similar pledge. They are hoping for there to be 500,000 available affordable, social rented homes by 2020.


Image via. Telegraph

As you can see from the image, the parties have different views on their annual total housebuilding budget. A 200,000 target from Labour and UKIP, a 300,000 target from Liberal Democrats and The Tories and the Green Party are leaving it for the local councils to determine.

And, mansion tax?

Conservatives and UKIP are saying NO to mansion tax. In opposition, Labour and Liberal Democrats are in support of Mansion Tax. While, The Green Party have other ideas. They would support Mansion Tax but would prefer a Land Value Tax – is this a fairer idea?

So, what does it mean if you are a tenant or a landlord?

Labour and The Green Party have pledged for the licensing of landlords to be compulsory, as well as no letting agent fees for tenants and to extend minimum tenancy agreements.

UKIP are aiming to inspire more landlords to rent to individuals that are receiving housing benefits AND for there to be no cap on rent increases.

The Tories set a target of creating 10,000 new homes that will be available for a 'below market' rent.

And - for houses that are empty…

While the Conservatives are planning to continue polices to reduce empty homes. Labour have plans to double Council Tax charges for properties that have been unoccupied for over a year. UKIP on the other hand have pledged for a 'Council Tax Waver' for landlords who bring empty homes into liveable accommodation – as well as to double Council Tax on properties that have been empty for more than 5 years.

With this in mind, do you know who you will be voting for?