Landlords can glean some idea of Labour’s buy to let policy from some measures announced by Labour-led local authorities and key spokesmen.
The first place to look for how Labour might change buy to let is Wales.
Welsh Labour has passed laws demanding property investors letting out private homes sign up to a national register of landlords.
Starting in November 2015, Rent Smart Wales rules apply to all letting property in Wales, even if the owner lives elsewhere.
Landlords who manage their letting properties must also apply for a licence, which involves a day of training.
The licence lasts for five years and costs £30.50 if completed online. The costs of training vary but average around £100.
The last Labour government pledged to introduce a national landlord register for England, but the plan was dropped.
Scotland was also under Labour control when a similar licensing scheme to the one in Wales was started.
Meanwhile, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell disclosed in a speech at the party’s economic conference that local rent regulation would be part of Labour’s policy if they won the next election.
“People at the mercy of landlords and an unrestrained and unforgiving housing market need this help,” he said.
He outlined the measure, suggesting local councils would set their own rent caps and not allow what tenants pay to rise faster than inflation.
The new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says he is not keen on rent control but wants to set up affordable housing with rents based on 33% of local average income. Andy Burnham has also suggested a similar scheme if he should win a bid to become mayor of Manchester.
Burnham accused landlords from outside of the city of profiting from run-down housing and promised to spend £300 million buying up poorly maintained homes to be let under a rent-to-own scheme.