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Matthew Brooker

Sorry, Homeowners Shouldn’t Get All the Tax Perks

It’s surprising there hasn’t been more political pressure to give the renter class a fairer deal.

Cut renters some slack.

Cut renters some slack.

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe

The plight of the private-market tenant has rarely looked so painful, particularly in major cities such as London where record rents have combined with spiraling energy costs to accentuate a cost-of-living crisis. The city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has repeatedly called on the government to impose a rent freeze. However, a policy that might offer short-term relief would probably exacerbate supply shortages.

Perhaps it’s time to pay more attention to how the tax system treats renters.