September 28, 2023

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Is London’s property market an inheritocracy? FT readers reply

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I’m an American graduate scholar in London and the housing market right here is laughable. Every thing is overpriced and mouldy.

What strikes me most in regards to the London property debate is that:

a) There are not any pure limitations stopping both development on the inexperienced belt or vertical development, which might leverage the incredible transit system already in place.

b) The English are a minority by way of residence possession in comparison with international patrons.

c) On the cultural preservation debate, there are a variety of completely dumpy excessive streets that for some purpose haven’t been razed. Are the Wembley high-rise residences devoid of tradition? Perhaps. However the British empire received’t be introduced again by preserving the bookie-tanning salon-pound retailer triumvirates that occupy the town’s extra dilapidated neighbourhoods. The present scenario strikes me purely as a coverage self-own.

Evaluate this to San Francisco. It’s a mountainous silty peninsula the place there’s no extra land to construct on, and vertical development is capped as a result of lack of strong bedrock. The “not in my yard” boomers who torpedo growth are an issue, however the bodily limitations to housing development are a lot increased in SF, Seattle and NYC (a literal island) than in London.

The way in which out isn’t lease management, financing reform, or different synthetic measures. It’s simply fixing the supply-demand curve. Disincentivise absentee landlords (mine lives in Qatar and one other flat we checked out was owned by an individual in Dubai) and construct extra provide.

Pretty metropolis although.


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