Fair enough. Certainly not uniquely British then. I largely had Germany in mind as a counterexample, but perhaps that is not representative.Woodchopper wrote: ↑Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:00 pmOn the last point, it isn’t. The 2019 UK rate of owner occupier households was 65.2 per cent. That’s lower than average in Europe (and much lower than, for example, Romania 95.8 per cent, Norway 80.3 per cent or Spain 76.2 per cent)
https://www.statista.com/statistics/246 ... in-europe/
In any case, screwing up the availability of rental properties by hindering letting, without first dealing with the UK's piss-poor renters' protections and the disproportionate accumulation of wealth across generations would be a terrible idea. It could potentially aid those from those wealthier middle class families, who have either received significant inheritance from their grandparents or whose parents are able to help with house buying, while further sh.tting on over those at the bottom.