Eroding Property Rights

An Englishman’s home is his castle. That is, until Gordon Brown gets his way. He wants to give local councils the authority to snoop around and make sure that local houses are owned by local people. It will be one castle per Englishman.

Councils will have the power to require planning permission for any house that goes from fully occupied to a second home. If councils find out that a house is owned by someone who does not live in it as a permanent residence, it is not clear what they will be able to do. However, they may also get the power to ban outsiders from buying newly built properties as well.

This is socialism through and through. The State will tell you how much property you can have and where it can be located. You will live where you are told. It will also tell you to whom you may sell your property, and under what circumstances, thus effectively controlling the prices.

The property market is already in turmoil. What we don’t need is the Government stepping in with social engineering policies and making things even worse, while chipping away at historic rights and personal liberty.

3 Responses to “Eroding Property Rights”

  1. John of Indiana Says:

    What is the “reason” they give for such a ridiculous policy? Are there not enough homes to go around, so they want every house to be owner-occupied?

    Since my “American Dream” turned into a nightmare, I’ve decided that a Renter I shall Stay, leaving my apartment only to go to the dotard dumping ground or the crematorium.

  2. sol Says:

    They say that locals can’t afford to live in the most desirable villages. Many of the houses are dark for significant portions of the year, when locals could be living in them. Of course it could be that the villages are desirable because a combination of property prices and lack of houses is keeping the riff-raff out.

  3. John of Indiana Says:

    Well, to use that line of reasoning, a single mom on assistance should be able to move into Balmoral Castle, right? After all, the Queen’s not there all the time…

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