Press Release: Westminster no longer affordable for MPs to live
Thu 03 Jun 2010
Revised expense-account rules mean that the 232 new MPs will be hard pushed to afford to live within the division bell area of Westminster, according to research by estate agent Marsh & Parsons.
MPs second home allowance in London would enable them to cover mortgage interest payments on a property bought for 333,333 not enough to cover the price of a one bed flat in Westminster. However, the changes being introduced by the new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) mean that by 2012, MPs will only be able to receive an allowance for rental properties in the capital.Under the current system, MPs are still entitled to claim mortgage interest costs of up to 15,000 per year sufficient to cover the monthly payments of 1,250 for a 300,000 interest-only mortgage. But those MPs who are determined to buy a property in Westminster will almost certainly have to delve into their own pockets to fund the purchase. The average price in Westminster is 623,963 83% higher than the London average and a typical one-bedroom flat costs in the region of 350,000 to 400,000.
In the new system being implemented, MPs will only be able to rent properties as second homes and, in London, can claim 17,400 in rent each year. This amounts to 335 a week, which is below the average rental cost of one-bedroom flat in Westminster (around 350 per week). However, there are still options within the allowance for those MPs who insist upon living within walking distance of Parliament, such as this studio apartment on Vincent Street, for 285 per week.
Peter Rollings, Managing Director of Marsh & Parsons, said: "Some MPs took advantage of the system and the rules on expenses have rightly now been changed. After 2012, renting will be the only option open to MPs seeking a second home in London. No doubt most MPs would prefer to live a stones throw from Parliament, and there are properties to let within budget. However, clearly for those MPs willing to live even slightly further away from the Commons, they will be able to get more for their money."
For MPs looking to buy a property in Westminster and prepared to supplement their budget with their own money, Marsh & Parsons is marketing a one bedroom flat, with secure underground parking, landscaped gardens and 24-hour concierge for 435,000.
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