Andrew Charalambous is UKIPs spokesman on housing as well as an ethical landlord with a difference. Andrew has a passion for fighting homelessness and, as a rule, he doesn’t charge his tenants deposits, ask for references or expect admin fees. He was awarded Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by the Global Business Excellence Awards for his unique system of letting.
I started in business with only a few pounds in my pocket. I know what it means to struggle in life, but also what it means to succeed. I have never forgotten my humble roots and have always tried to give back to my community. I see politics as a way to serve others and make lives better.
Ending homelessness is my very first priority. To do this we must produce more affordable housing to buy and rent. I disagree with the political establishment view that insists we must do this by concreting the beautiful British countryside. Instead we must make brownfield development more attractive than ever before.
Having worked with tenants in housing for 24 years, I think the bedroom tax is one of the most unfair policies I have seen. UKIP was the first party to openly oppose it.
I want tenants to have the choice of longer, more secure tenancies and I would also work towards a fairer council tax system for those sharing flats and houses.
Watch Andrew’s #HousingElection interview to find out what he has to say about UKIP’s housing policy.