Renters: Eviction bans in England and Wales are extended
08/01/2021 | news | business | 289
Councils will also be given extra funding to accommodate rough sleepers, ministers announce.
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08/01/2021 16:18:54 90 6
bbc
There are many decent and humane landlords, as well as a number of unreliable and destructive tenants who do not want to pay their rent. At some point a better balance of landlord/tenant rights will have to be restored.
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08/01/2021 16:22:04 44 4
bbc
I agree. That better balance includes the right to evict and a control on rent rises.
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08/01/2021 16:30:42 12 4
bbc
There was a time when Local Authorities employed Rent Control Officers whose job it was to ensure that fair rents were being charged.
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09/01/2021 09:44:01 4 2
bbc
Assuming any Landlord survives the economic consequences of lock-down, along with the suspension of Eviction is there any suspension of taxes or 'maintenance' charges?
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08/01/2021 16:18:54 90 6
bbc
There are many decent and humane landlords, as well as a number of unreliable and destructive tenants who do not want to pay their rent. At some point a better balance of landlord/tenant rights will have to be restored.
2
08/01/2021 16:22:04 44 4
bbc
I agree. That better balance includes the right to evict and a control on rent rises.
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08/01/2021 16:26:07 10 12
bbc
At last some good news for those poor people who had the threat of evictions hanging over them.
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09/01/2021 12:32:48 4 2
bbc
They have UC with housing benefit - pay the rent!
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08/01/2021 16:28:01 15 19
bbc
Tory governments have given enough to landlords in subsidies over the years. They are a plague on thousands of streets and communities which they have steadily destroyed, more often than not.
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09/01/2021 13:20:21 2 1
bbc
No subsidies given to landlords, only tenants.
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08/01/2021 16:18:54 90 6
bbc
There are many decent and humane landlords, as well as a number of unreliable and destructive tenants who do not want to pay their rent. At some point a better balance of landlord/tenant rights will have to be restored.
5
08/01/2021 16:30:42 12 4
bbc
There was a time when Local Authorities employed Rent Control Officers whose job it was to ensure that fair rents were being charged.
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08/01/2021 18:52:12 5 2
bbc
They still do & called 'Fair Rents', set by each authority. The biggest landlords; local authority (councils income) Housing Assoc. The volume & type of properties available bring difficulties' just try finding a 1 bed flat for single occupancy? (the fastest growing sector as people remain single for longer & divorce is high) Demographics change & meeting changes in housing is slow.
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09/01/2021 12:05:19 12 4
bbc
Rents by their very definition are "fair" - if either party doesn't like it they can walk away.
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jo
08/01/2021 16:36:02 9 17
bbc
What we really need is some sort of tax on the landlords that keeps rents affordable. I would prefer that the youngsters could buy their own homes instead.
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Nix
08/01/2021 16:49:22 12 7
bbc
Some sort of tax, you mean income tax which is what landlords pay. Most landlords are small time, 20-40% of the rent will be going back to the government.
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08/01/2021 18:51:49 2 1
bbc
All that will happen is that the costs will be passed on in higher rent.
Not something I can afford.
I don't use centrial heating now; put on more clothes, and go to bed earlier when it is cold.

Rent is 49% of my income already.
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09/01/2021 13:24:16 2 1
bbc
Additional 3% stamp duty upon purchase.
20% vat on letting agents and contractors
20-40% income tax on profits (or indeed, turnover now)
18-28% Capital Gain Tax upon sale.

Adding costs to landlords helps drive increased rents.

If you want rents to drop, you want a lot more rentals so supply exceeds demand.
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08/01/2021 16:38:40 20 8
bbc
This is the only fair and humane thing to do.

I don't know about anyone else, but this third lockdown feels more difficult than last year's. I guess it's the weather, low morale and the fact that this pandemic is 10+ months long now.

My heart goes out to those suffering financial & eviction worries.
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08/01/2021 16:50:12 9 5
bbc
I agree this is the right thing to do. At least it's giving people some breathng space.

I too think this lockdown seems far worse. People are just fed up to the back teeth of the whole thing, and this time of year is usually a low in normal times anyway. Short days, cold - hardly enticing me outside.
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08/01/2021 19:47:59 4 2
bbc
Not fair and humane to landlords who need the income is it!
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09/01/2021 09:50:59 1 2
bbc
Lock-downs are excellent at destroying economies, useless at stopping a virus.
150
09/01/2021 12:14:30 6 1
bbc
How is it "fair" for someone to steal something every month for months and the law permit it?

If they lose their jobs they will get UC and housing benefit - so they could still pay rent or most of it from the free money they are given from the rest of us.
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08/01/2021 16:39:19 15 4
bbc
I hope the council housing boys are ready for the influx of evicted families coming their way....
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08/01/2021 16:43:24 24 12
bbc
We need to build social houses to fix our housing problem. That said only those who are responsible ie NOT anti social should get them. But we need to halt the damaging Thatcherite ideology. It has gone far too far.
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08/01/2021 16:43:27 25 13
bbc
What the government need to do is implement rent caps like they did in Berlin.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/25/berlin-rent-cap-britains-housing-crisis-home

That way we can't have greedy landlords. If the landlords don't like it, then they can sell up providing homes for first time buyers.
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08/01/2021 17:10:25 14 8
bbc
The result being a cancellation of new builds, making the housing shortage there worse. The law of unintentional consequences.
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08/01/2021 18:46:20 3 3
bbc
Alternatively, ban second homes, as in St Ives, and elsewhere.
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09/01/2021 12:15:52 4 2
bbc
Rent (price) controls are one of the few things most economists agree upon - that they are bad and have huge unintended consequences.
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08/01/2021 16:38:40 20 8
bbc
This is the only fair and humane thing to do.

I don't know about anyone else, but this third lockdown feels more difficult than last year's. I guess it's the weather, low morale and the fact that this pandemic is 10+ months long now.

My heart goes out to those suffering financial & eviction worries.
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08/01/2021 16:50:12 9 5
bbc
I agree this is the right thing to do. At least it's giving people some breathng space.

I too think this lockdown seems far worse. People are just fed up to the back teeth of the whole thing, and this time of year is usually a low in normal times anyway. Short days, cold - hardly enticing me outside.
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08/01/2021 16:52:05 15 2
bbc
Andrew
16:39
I hope the council housing boys are ready for the influx of evicted families coming their way....
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Yes, because local authorities have a statutory duty to house the homeless, usually in hostels or bed & breakfast accommodation.

Hopefully the govt will increase the grants to help fund this so that the entire cost is not incurred by council tax payers.
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08/01/2021 18:58:21 9 4
bbc
But.that would just transfer the costs to income tax payers.
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08/01/2021 16:53:40 11 16
bbc
A house should be a Home where people feel safe and comfortable, not an Asset to make money out of and charge Inflated Rents . Their needs to be a clamp down on people (Landlords) owning property more than is personally needed, especially with a fast rising population.
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08/01/2021 17:27:17 9 6
bbc
Landlords are not the problem - the problem is shortage of houses. Successive governments have been unwilling to build the 500,000+ houses we need (council, social rent and private sale) meaning house prices being continually driven up. We need a huge investment to drive down prices and satisfy need. Start on brownfield/unused offices/closed shops. Build flats not offices as so many are WFH now.
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CJR
08/01/2021 19:35:44 0 2
bbc
Unfortunately it’s supply and demand, if there was no demand there would be no landlords, stop wasting your money on holidays, smart phones etc, you tenants are the ones that want everything and then moan when you pay a higher rent.
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jo
08/01/2021 16:36:02 9 17
bbc
What we really need is some sort of tax on the landlords that keeps rents affordable. I would prefer that the youngsters could buy their own homes instead.
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Nix
08/01/2021 16:49:22 12 7
bbc
Some sort of tax, you mean income tax which is what landlords pay. Most landlords are small time, 20-40% of the rent will be going back to the government.
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08/01/2021 16:59:36 3 4
bbc
.....Plus increased Stamp Duty on additional properties
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Nix
08/01/2021 16:49:22 12 7
bbc
Some sort of tax, you mean income tax which is what landlords pay. Most landlords are small time, 20-40% of the rent will be going back to the government.
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08/01/2021 16:59:36 3 4
bbc
.....Plus increased Stamp Duty on additional properties
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08/01/2021 17:05:21 2 5
bbc
That would be my preferred option - quickly rising stamp duty, plus an enhanced rate of council tax on every additional house purchased. It would certainly start to help reset the housing market in respect of both buy to letters and the second/third home brigade.
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08/01/2021 16:59:36 3 4
bbc
.....Plus increased Stamp Duty on additional properties
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08/01/2021 17:05:21 2 5
bbc
That would be my preferred option - quickly rising stamp duty, plus an enhanced rate of council tax on every additional house purchased. It would certainly start to help reset the housing market in respect of both buy to letters and the second/third home brigade.
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08/01/2021 17:10:28 5 3
bbc
I meant they already pay additional stamp duty. Landlords are providing a service and already paying taxes. Markets are based on supply and demand. Not all people want to buy a house/flat and prefer to rent and have flexibility.
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08/01/2021 18:53:43 2 1
bbc
But council toax is paid by tenants anyway. That only works for unrented second homes.
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08/01/2021 17:07:40 51 8
bbc
Another consequence of shutting the economy down to save the NHS. Good landlords will now have to suffer having nightmare tenants that they can not get rid off for even longer.
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08/01/2021 17:07:56 43 4
bbc
An impossible situation and it’s not just about the level of rent. If someone has little or no money coming in they can’t pay. Many landlords have borrowed and need rent to pay the mortgage.

Many will never be able to pay the arrears in rent and some landlords will go bust too. Not sure what the answer is but a blanket ban on evictions or the state paying doesn’t seem the solution.
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08/01/2021 17:12:24 13 7
bbc
It's true that there are two sides to every story, and there will be many landords who are struggling just as much as the tenants.

Maybe it will make a few of the buy to letters think twice about expanding their empire even further, or even reducing it.....
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08/01/2021 17:13:47 7 3
bbc
Well. property is an investment. There are risks with all investments. If landlords don't like the market- sell up and get out.
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09/01/2021 16:46:21 0 1
bbc
Agree Jeff - we can't have tax payers picking up the bill, there will be too many scenraios where people would use the opportunity to milk the system unscrupulously for personal gain. Each case would need testing which would be too difficult to manage. At the sametime landlords are property investors and over the last 40 years its been a one way bet netting ever increasing gains!
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08/01/2021 16:43:27 25 13
bbc
What the government need to do is implement rent caps like they did in Berlin.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/25/berlin-rent-cap-britains-housing-crisis-home

That way we can't have greedy landlords. If the landlords don't like it, then they can sell up providing homes for first time buyers.
19
08/01/2021 17:10:25 14 8
bbc
The result being a cancellation of new builds, making the housing shortage there worse. The law of unintentional consequences.
16
08/01/2021 17:05:21 2 5
bbc
That would be my preferred option - quickly rising stamp duty, plus an enhanced rate of council tax on every additional house purchased. It would certainly start to help reset the housing market in respect of both buy to letters and the second/third home brigade.
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08/01/2021 17:10:28 5 3
bbc
I meant they already pay additional stamp duty. Landlords are providing a service and already paying taxes. Markets are based on supply and demand. Not all people want to buy a house/flat and prefer to rent and have flexibility.
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08/01/2021 17:07:56 43 4
bbc
An impossible situation and it’s not just about the level of rent. If someone has little or no money coming in they can’t pay. Many landlords have borrowed and need rent to pay the mortgage.

Many will never be able to pay the arrears in rent and some landlords will go bust too. Not sure what the answer is but a blanket ban on evictions or the state paying doesn’t seem the solution.
21
08/01/2021 17:12:24 13 7
bbc
It's true that there are two sides to every story, and there will be many landords who are struggling just as much as the tenants.

Maybe it will make a few of the buy to letters think twice about expanding their empire even further, or even reducing it.....
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08/01/2021 18:51:31 4 3
bbc
So how do you feel about the build to rent sector. The likes of Greystar and L&Q and CBRE. Businesses that build 1000s of properties specifically for rent. I can't see them thinking twice about expanding their empires.

Govts don't really want anyone but the elite owning property which is why the rental market and particularly BTR is expanding so rapidly.
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09/01/2021 09:49:38 3 1
bbc
Then wait for the BBC to run an article on lack of rental accommodation.
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08/01/2021 17:07:56 43 4
bbc
An impossible situation and it’s not just about the level of rent. If someone has little or no money coming in they can’t pay. Many landlords have borrowed and need rent to pay the mortgage.

Many will never be able to pay the arrears in rent and some landlords will go bust too. Not sure what the answer is but a blanket ban on evictions or the state paying doesn’t seem the solution.
22
08/01/2021 17:13:47 7 3
bbc
Well. property is an investment. There are risks with all investments. If landlords don't like the market- sell up and get out.
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08/01/2021 17:20:30 8 4
bbc
There is that. When I watch the landlord/tenant programmes, I watch the landlord talking about going through hell and back with a bad tenant, but then they lose my sympathy when they say they're going to do it up and rent it again. If it really had been that bad, I'd want rid of it!
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08/01/2021 18:57:44 6 1
bbc
Yes that’s an option but landlords will be more selective of tenants to protect their investment which will limit the availability to the less well off. There are supposedly safeguards but we all hear how many benefit receiving people struggle to rent?

Cost of renting will rise as a result. Greater risk then greater return expected. There are long term consequences.
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08/01/2021 17:17:45 4 11
bbc
Landlords have been on a winner since the 1980s. Now they can take the fall for a badly managed pandemic. Maybe time to apply for change of use for a lot of those empty shops now so many have closed.
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08/01/2021 17:17:44 58 5
bbc
Landlords are not all money grabbing charlatans and not all tenants are poor families having a hard time with the current crisis. Many of the problems facing landlords now are with Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent. Decent landlords still try to provide good housing without any funds coming in. A balance needs finding.
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08/01/2021 18:12:27 9 44
bbc
Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent.
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Is this your own generalisation or do you have absolute proof that, say, more than 100 tenants have done this?
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08/01/2021 18:16:12 2 10
bbc
I call bs - link.
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jon
08/01/2021 20:04:57 15 2
bbc
I have a Tennent that took UC, gave me nothing and simply pocketed it. The local council are now offering to pay the arrears if I give a good reference so they can get social housing. I now have some money being direct from UC but the rest they simply don't pay and don't care. It's madness.
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Leo
09/01/2021 01:59:30 1 10
bbc
They wouldn't be able to keep the money not used for rent. The Local authority/county council would take them to court. Unlike l/lords the process is very easy for local govern. check your facts/data before making comments
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08/01/2021 17:13:47 7 3
bbc
Well. property is an investment. There are risks with all investments. If landlords don't like the market- sell up and get out.
25
08/01/2021 17:20:30 8 4
bbc
There is that. When I watch the landlord/tenant programmes, I watch the landlord talking about going through hell and back with a bad tenant, but then they lose my sympathy when they say they're going to do it up and rent it again. If it really had been that bad, I'd want rid of it!
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08/01/2021 19:05:11 2 1
bbc
Whilst the old saying is it’s insanity doing the same thing and expecting a different result one bad tenant shouldn’t deter people. They let to earn a return.
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09/01/2021 16:54:45 1 0
bbc
You will find that people who are successful dont just give up the way you are suggesting. I you want to be good a something you have to keep at it. I wouldnt rely on media as being an accurate reflection of what happens. There is a reason it is stages for TV.
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08/01/2021 16:53:40 11 16
bbc
A house should be a Home where people feel safe and comfortable, not an Asset to make money out of and charge Inflated Rents . Their needs to be a clamp down on people (Landlords) owning property more than is personally needed, especially with a fast rising population.
26
08/01/2021 17:27:17 9 6
bbc
Landlords are not the problem - the problem is shortage of houses. Successive governments have been unwilling to build the 500,000+ houses we need (council, social rent and private sale) meaning house prices being continually driven up. We need a huge investment to drive down prices and satisfy need. Start on brownfield/unused offices/closed shops. Build flats not offices as so many are WFH now.
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08/01/2021 18:36:30 0 2
bbc
How can such a rational and practical suggestion be marked down. How dare you want a reasonable solution to this issue. What a dreadful person you must be ????
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08/01/2021 19:17:08 1 2
bbc
2020 housing target was 240,000 but unlikely to reach 140,000 due to lockdowns & supply chain issues. Building mass volume of 500k+ does not equate to lower prices but more expensive, lower quality builds as demand for skilled trades & materials rise. Many are working hard towards building homes, however, planning is costly dealing with pointless objections. Sadly, no easy, quick fix solutions.
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08/01/2021 17:55:30 13 10
bbc
i hope NO 10 Downing street is not covered by this ban

if ever an Eviction was needed its at this address
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CJR
08/01/2021 19:39:27 4 2
bbc
You have to pay rent 1st doh
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08/01/2021 18:00:47 3 4
bbc
Fine for folk to die of cold but not covid ...
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08/01/2021 17:17:44 58 5
bbc
Landlords are not all money grabbing charlatans and not all tenants are poor families having a hard time with the current crisis. Many of the problems facing landlords now are with Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent. Decent landlords still try to provide good housing without any funds coming in. A balance needs finding.
29
08/01/2021 18:12:27 9 44
bbc
Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent.
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Is this your own generalisation or do you have absolute proof that, say, more than 100 tenants have done this?
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08/01/2021 18:26:53 25 3
bbc
I personally cannot say that more than 100 tenants have done this. But I have 2 properties, with one we have worked with the tenant to agree a reduced rent, in the other the tenant is receiving Housing Benefit and has paid no rent since November 2019 - 14 months ago!!
24
08/01/2021 17:17:44 58 5
bbc
Landlords are not all money grabbing charlatans and not all tenants are poor families having a hard time with the current crisis. Many of the problems facing landlords now are with Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent. Decent landlords still try to provide good housing without any funds coming in. A balance needs finding.
30
08/01/2021 18:16:12 2 10
bbc
I call bs - link.
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08/01/2021 18:18:39 4 6
bbc
paul
17:07
Another consequence of shutting the economy down to save the NHS. Good landlords will now have to suffer having nightmare tenants that they can not get rid off for even longer.'

It's to save lives you - - -

lets hope you have bupa - or not.
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08/01/2021 18:12:27 9 44
bbc
Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent.
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Is this your own generalisation or do you have absolute proof that, say, more than 100 tenants have done this?
32
08/01/2021 18:26:53 25 3
bbc
I personally cannot say that more than 100 tenants have done this. But I have 2 properties, with one we have worked with the tenant to agree a reduced rent, in the other the tenant is receiving Housing Benefit and has paid no rent since November 2019 - 14 months ago!!
73
08/01/2021 20:27:53 20 2
bbc
It was a Tory idiocy to not pay landlords the rental element of UC direct......
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08/01/2021 17:27:17 9 6
bbc
Landlords are not the problem - the problem is shortage of houses. Successive governments have been unwilling to build the 500,000+ houses we need (council, social rent and private sale) meaning house prices being continually driven up. We need a huge investment to drive down prices and satisfy need. Start on brownfield/unused offices/closed shops. Build flats not offices as so many are WFH now.
33
08/01/2021 18:36:30 0 2
bbc
How can such a rational and practical suggestion be marked down. How dare you want a reasonable solution to this issue. What a dreadful person you must be ????
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08/01/2021 18:41:25 2 5
bbc
Not sure in the middle of Winter coupled to a world pandemic which the UK is struggling with, talking about evictions seems perverse??
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08/01/2021 19:18:59 11 3
bbc
Yes you are right

But taking this opportunity to NOT pay your rent out of choice than you should lose the right.
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CJR
08/01/2021 19:31:01 2 2
bbc
Try been owned 25k and struggling to pay 2 mortgages ,all that’s happening is a mass of evictions in the summer why putoff the inevitable, banks start to reclaim their investment and landlords kicking out these rubbish tenants, the cork is going to explode soon from the bottle.
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09/01/2021 13:14:58 1 1
bbc
Do you think that people should be able to walk into Tesco and take food without paying for it? Why do you think they should take accommodation without paying for it?
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08/01/2021 18:42:54 39 8
bbc
Having watched the bailiffs TV program you see many landlords who have invested in a property to provide a pension in later life as saving's rates are pitiful and the stock market too volatile, property was seen as a safe bet. Even landlords who own several properties have mortgages to pay, so think twice before siding with tenants, many of whom play the system and run up massive rent arrears.
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08/01/2021 19:12:14 8 28
bbc
Tenants rent is money down the drain. All they are doing is paying someone else's mortgage for them, then when times get tough these tenants have nowhere to go. Private individuals shouldn't get involved in competing for house purchases and driving up prices. I own my own house but would like to see tenants get the right to buy at a discount.
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08/01/2021 21:31:45 2 6
bbc
They could always have played safe and stuck with a 0.01% savings account like many??
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08/01/2021 16:43:27 25 13
bbc
What the government need to do is implement rent caps like they did in Berlin.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/25/berlin-rent-cap-britains-housing-crisis-home

That way we can't have greedy landlords. If the landlords don't like it, then they can sell up providing homes for first time buyers.
36
08/01/2021 18:46:20 3 3
bbc
Alternatively, ban second homes, as in St Ives, and elsewhere.
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08/01/2021 18:46:27 19 4
bbc
Give Councils and Housing Associations the right not to sell.
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08/01/2021 18:47:08 8 3
bbc
I seem to recall a rush into property (becoming a landlord) after the crash came in 2008 then pension freedoms accelerated the hobby..

Perhaps if banks still rewarded savers many would have not entered this area?
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08/01/2021 21:29:03 0 1
bbc
The significant period of growth for the PRS was between 1997-2010 when the then Labour government's policies allowed an increase of 60% in private rented homes, from 2.5 million in 1997 to over 4 million by 2010.
21
08/01/2021 17:12:24 13 7
bbc
It's true that there are two sides to every story, and there will be many landords who are struggling just as much as the tenants.

Maybe it will make a few of the buy to letters think twice about expanding their empire even further, or even reducing it.....
39
08/01/2021 18:51:31 4 3
bbc
So how do you feel about the build to rent sector. The likes of Greystar and L&Q and CBRE. Businesses that build 1000s of properties specifically for rent. I can't see them thinking twice about expanding their empires.

Govts don't really want anyone but the elite owning property which is why the rental market and particularly BTR is expanding so rapidly.
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jo
08/01/2021 16:36:02 9 17
bbc
What we really need is some sort of tax on the landlords that keeps rents affordable. I would prefer that the youngsters could buy their own homes instead.
40
08/01/2021 18:51:49 2 1
bbc
All that will happen is that the costs will be passed on in higher rent.
Not something I can afford.
I don't use centrial heating now; put on more clothes, and go to bed earlier when it is cold.

Rent is 49% of my income already.
5
08/01/2021 16:30:42 12 4
bbc
There was a time when Local Authorities employed Rent Control Officers whose job it was to ensure that fair rents were being charged.
41
08/01/2021 18:52:12 5 2
bbc
They still do & called 'Fair Rents', set by each authority. The biggest landlords; local authority (councils income) Housing Assoc. The volume & type of properties available bring difficulties' just try finding a 1 bed flat for single occupancy? (the fastest growing sector as people remain single for longer & divorce is high) Demographics change & meeting changes in housing is slow.
16
08/01/2021 17:05:21 2 5
bbc
That would be my preferred option - quickly rising stamp duty, plus an enhanced rate of council tax on every additional house purchased. It would certainly start to help reset the housing market in respect of both buy to letters and the second/third home brigade.
42
08/01/2021 18:53:43 2 1
bbc
But council toax is paid by tenants anyway. That only works for unrented second homes.
22
08/01/2021 17:13:47 7 3
bbc
Well. property is an investment. There are risks with all investments. If landlords don't like the market- sell up and get out.
43
08/01/2021 18:57:44 6 1
bbc
Yes that’s an option but landlords will be more selective of tenants to protect their investment which will limit the availability to the less well off. There are supposedly safeguards but we all hear how many benefit receiving people struggle to rent?

Cost of renting will rise as a result. Greater risk then greater return expected. There are long term consequences.
12
08/01/2021 16:52:05 15 2
bbc
Andrew
16:39
I hope the council housing boys are ready for the influx of evicted families coming their way....
====
Yes, because local authorities have a statutory duty to house the homeless, usually in hostels or bed & breakfast accommodation.

Hopefully the govt will increase the grants to help fund this so that the entire cost is not incurred by council tax payers.
44
08/01/2021 18:58:21 9 4
bbc
But.that would just transfer the costs to income tax payers.
76
08/01/2021 20:42:35 2 5
bbc
Yes it would transfer costs to income tax payers, but council tax is regressive, hitting the least well off hardest and it fails to take account of the ability to pay it.
25
08/01/2021 17:20:30 8 4
bbc
There is that. When I watch the landlord/tenant programmes, I watch the landlord talking about going through hell and back with a bad tenant, but then they lose my sympathy when they say they're going to do it up and rent it again. If it really had been that bad, I'd want rid of it!
45
08/01/2021 19:05:11 2 1
bbc
Whilst the old saying is it’s insanity doing the same thing and expecting a different result one bad tenant shouldn’t deter people. They let to earn a return.
46
08/01/2021 18:53:56 47 7
bbc
The day the ban on eviction came into force in England, my tenant stopped paying rent, but managed 2 buy a brand-new car the week after. Landlords are not responsible to provide free accommodation to some tenants who are playing the system. The government should support deserving tenants instead of passing the problem 2 landlords. As a pensioner, rental income forms the bulk of my income. Not fair
48
08/01/2021 19:16:57 13 51
bbc
Crap. Rental income paid by tenants is money down the drain. All they are doing is paying for someone else's mortgage. In many cases, landlords like this have managed to acquire multiple houses. Where does all this wealth come from? It comes from their tenants.
49
08/01/2021 19:17:04 13 3
bbc
Take them to court for each missed payment, individually once you get a CCJ against them they will not be able to rent agin
62
CJR
08/01/2021 19:44:47 15 1
bbc
If they have a job once you have got your property back, ask for a attachment of earnings from the court, the money is taken at source by there employers and paid to you directly.
35
08/01/2021 18:42:54 39 8
bbc
Having watched the bailiffs TV program you see many landlords who have invested in a property to provide a pension in later life as saving's rates are pitiful and the stock market too volatile, property was seen as a safe bet. Even landlords who own several properties have mortgages to pay, so think twice before siding with tenants, many of whom play the system and run up massive rent arrears.
47
08/01/2021 19:12:14 8 28
bbc
Tenants rent is money down the drain. All they are doing is paying someone else's mortgage for them, then when times get tough these tenants have nowhere to go. Private individuals shouldn't get involved in competing for house purchases and driving up prices. I own my own house but would like to see tenants get the right to buy at a discount.
51
08/01/2021 19:18:18 16 1
bbc
Discount ?

So the owner must sell it for less than it is worth

Thats crazy talk
133
09/01/2021 09:55:19 7 1
bbc
Great, so where do you live, and what discount are you offering?
180
09/01/2021 13:23:53 4 1
bbc
Yet so misinformed again! The current housing crisis was caused by giving discounts to council tenants in order to buy their homes back in the 80's/90's. Most took those discounts, bought their council house and the council rental stock was never replaced, hence the reliance NOW on the private rental sector. Furthermore many of those council house buyers then sold those houses at a large profit.
253
09/01/2021 21:27:14 0 0
bbc
I don't have mortgages on my rentals - the rent comes straight to me after the costs - you know, just like any private business in the UK.
46
08/01/2021 18:53:56 47 7
bbc
The day the ban on eviction came into force in England, my tenant stopped paying rent, but managed 2 buy a brand-new car the week after. Landlords are not responsible to provide free accommodation to some tenants who are playing the system. The government should support deserving tenants instead of passing the problem 2 landlords. As a pensioner, rental income forms the bulk of my income. Not fair
48
08/01/2021 19:16:57 13 51
bbc
Crap. Rental income paid by tenants is money down the drain. All they are doing is paying for someone else's mortgage. In many cases, landlords like this have managed to acquire multiple houses. Where does all this wealth come from? It comes from their tenants.
132
09/01/2021 09:53:11 12 1
bbc
So why don't they buy their own houses with all that wealth, and I suppose Car companies should hand out their cars for free, because the wealth comes from those who buy them? No wonder you are a lone voice with moronic views like yours.
173
09/01/2021 13:17:02 8 2
bbc
What a misinformed person you are. Rental income paid by tenants is for a service. So what if the landlord is using some of that rental income to pay a mortgage. In your post lower down you state "Only social landlords should be allowed to let properties". Do you honestly think social landlords own outright the properties they let?
217
09/01/2021 17:07:51 4 0
bbc
Supermarkets have been doing the same by charging people for food.

Where does all this money come from?

It comes from customers.

Supermarkets should just give food away.
46
08/01/2021 18:53:56 47 7
bbc
The day the ban on eviction came into force in England, my tenant stopped paying rent, but managed 2 buy a brand-new car the week after. Landlords are not responsible to provide free accommodation to some tenants who are playing the system. The government should support deserving tenants instead of passing the problem 2 landlords. As a pensioner, rental income forms the bulk of my income. Not fair
49
08/01/2021 19:17:04 13 3
bbc
Take them to court for each missed payment, individually once you get a CCJ against them they will not be able to rent agin
53
08/01/2021 19:19:49 4 26
bbc
This is the sort of sick society that we are turning into and is also why private individuals shouldn't be allowed to get involved in letting. Only social landlords should be allowed to let properties.
216
09/01/2021 17:05:07 0 0
bbc
Surely it costs the landlord to take them to court?
26
08/01/2021 17:27:17 9 6
bbc
Landlords are not the problem - the problem is shortage of houses. Successive governments have been unwilling to build the 500,000+ houses we need (council, social rent and private sale) meaning house prices being continually driven up. We need a huge investment to drive down prices and satisfy need. Start on brownfield/unused offices/closed shops. Build flats not offices as so many are WFH now.
50
08/01/2021 19:17:08 1 2
bbc
2020 housing target was 240,000 but unlikely to reach 140,000 due to lockdowns & supply chain issues. Building mass volume of 500k+ does not equate to lower prices but more expensive, lower quality builds as demand for skilled trades & materials rise. Many are working hard towards building homes, however, planning is costly dealing with pointless objections. Sadly, no easy, quick fix solutions.
47
08/01/2021 19:12:14 8 28
bbc
Tenants rent is money down the drain. All they are doing is paying someone else's mortgage for them, then when times get tough these tenants have nowhere to go. Private individuals shouldn't get involved in competing for house purchases and driving up prices. I own my own house but would like to see tenants get the right to buy at a discount.
51
08/01/2021 19:18:18 16 1
bbc
Discount ?

So the owner must sell it for less than it is worth

Thats crazy talk
34
08/01/2021 18:41:25 2 5
bbc
Not sure in the middle of Winter coupled to a world pandemic which the UK is struggling with, talking about evictions seems perverse??
52
08/01/2021 19:18:59 11 3
bbc
Yes you are right

But taking this opportunity to NOT pay your rent out of choice than you should lose the right.
84
08/01/2021 21:11:56 1 1
bbc
Tough days for all, has the Government offered any assistance.
49
08/01/2021 19:17:04 13 3
bbc
Take them to court for each missed payment, individually once you get a CCJ against them they will not be able to rent agin
53
08/01/2021 19:19:49 4 26
bbc
This is the sort of sick society that we are turning into and is also why private individuals shouldn't be allowed to get involved in letting. Only social landlords should be allowed to let properties.
215
09/01/2021 17:02:13 6 0
bbc
Why's that Lone Voice? Social landlords are as determined to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent, cause damage and/or are anti social. No one has a right to someone else property and/or go out of there way to undermine the terms of a letting contract without consequences - failure to enforce will lead to a breakdown in the fabric of society/growth in slums.
54
CJR
08/01/2021 19:24:24 17 3
bbc
Absolutely pathetic my tenant has not paid any rent for over 2 years now , every time as the court order is about to be signed off this happens.
This system is now so loaded in a tenants favour, well done to all you crap landlords that will not spend money on your investment, it’s not a cash cow you know, take responsibility for your investment, this mess is of you money grabbers.
69
08/01/2021 20:13:16 12 4
bbc
Well I'm sorry to say your correct I have rented all my life and not once have I met a landlord who is willing to invest in their property without a battle. So like you say they have broken the system with greed
134
09/01/2021 09:58:41 2 1
bbc
So your bad tenant is the fault of bad Landlords? Interesting hypothesis there,
221
09/01/2021 17:16:56 0 0
bbc
Well stated.
55
08/01/2021 19:19:37 46 4
bbc
I gave tenants a 50% rent cut for 3 months in the first lockdown. One tenant despite working hasn’t paid a penny since, there’s no good reason I shouldn’t evict him.
88
08/01/2021 21:17:48 23 3
bbc
You evil landlord you! How dare you provide a service and expect to be paid for it. SPIV! CHUM!
95
08/01/2021 21:39:58 1 9
bbc
Yes you should evict him. However there many landlords who are using Covid to Evict people unnecessary
56
08/01/2021 19:29:18 5 6
bbc
The buy to let mortgage market will go down as one of the biggest social injustices of the past century. All created to prop up an otherwise ailing property market, along with artificially suppressed interest rates. Who won? Bankers and politicians. Again.
34
08/01/2021 18:41:25 2 5
bbc
Not sure in the middle of Winter coupled to a world pandemic which the UK is struggling with, talking about evictions seems perverse??
57
CJR
08/01/2021 19:31:01 2 2
bbc
Try been owned 25k and struggling to pay 2 mortgages ,all that’s happening is a mass of evictions in the summer why putoff the inevitable, banks start to reclaim their investment and landlords kicking out these rubbish tenants, the cork is going to explode soon from the bottle.
82
08/01/2021 21:10:23 1 2
bbc
Like any financial investment it comes with risks which some never factored in?
58
08/01/2021 19:31:13 19 3
bbc
Nearly 400,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic

Is it really a surprise rent arrears have increased

2.6 million council houses sold off at one time discounts on right to buy and not replaced is the real story why so many are living in expensive rented accommodation they cant afford without housing benefit top ups
87
08/01/2021 21:15:55 11 4
bbc
Nothing to do with the continued population increase?
152
09/01/2021 12:17:02 3 1
bbc
Housing benefit covers my friends £800 a month rent for his flat.
13
08/01/2021 16:53:40 11 16
bbc
A house should be a Home where people feel safe and comfortable, not an Asset to make money out of and charge Inflated Rents . Their needs to be a clamp down on people (Landlords) owning property more than is personally needed, especially with a fast rising population.
59
CJR
08/01/2021 19:35:44 0 2
bbc
Unfortunately it’s supply and demand, if there was no demand there would be no landlords, stop wasting your money on holidays, smart phones etc, you tenants are the ones that want everything and then moan when you pay a higher rent.
174
09/01/2021 13:18:04 1 1
bbc
Most of the demand over the past 10-20 years has been the millions of migrants that have moved to the UK. When a 25 year old Romanian rocks up to our shores they are mostly not in the position to buy or to get a social rent and they look for private rentals - this drives demand in the private rent sector and landlords step-in to provide supply.
27
08/01/2021 17:55:30 13 10
bbc
i hope NO 10 Downing street is not covered by this ban

if ever an Eviction was needed its at this address
60
CJR
08/01/2021 19:39:27 4 2
bbc
You have to pay rent 1st doh
61
08/01/2021 19:43:10 32 4
bbc
Many who work hard over the years build up funds and savings: Some spend on a lavish lifestyle; Others buy shares; Some create a business - selling x for a profit; Others leave their funds with banks. Landlords try and provide a much needed accommodation service. But why should landlords be singled out to lose their 'sales' income and subsidise others and covid? (property always incurs costs)
71
08/01/2021 20:22:47 2 16
bbc
In the moderns era property valuations always inflate way in access of maintenance costs.... they can borrow!
110
Leo
09/01/2021 02:06:13 0 4
bbc
Right people who don't pay rent should be evicted. Mind you tax breaks for l/lords should be scrapped
146
09/01/2021 11:40:42 1 8
bbc
Those homes would still be there without them. Landlord 'provide' nothing.
190
09/01/2021 13:59:12 0 1
bbc
It's called business.
46
08/01/2021 18:53:56 47 7
bbc
The day the ban on eviction came into force in England, my tenant stopped paying rent, but managed 2 buy a brand-new car the week after. Landlords are not responsible to provide free accommodation to some tenants who are playing the system. The government should support deserving tenants instead of passing the problem 2 landlords. As a pensioner, rental income forms the bulk of my income. Not fair
62
CJR
08/01/2021 19:44:47 15 1
bbc
If they have a job once you have got your property back, ask for a attachment of earnings from the court, the money is taken at source by there employers and paid to you directly.
63
08/01/2021 19:46:16 6 4
bbc
This is all good. However we are bound to restore the market eventually and we know some will be in such large arrears the landlords will never get paid back in full. We have to restore the market (and evictions) one day.
64
08/01/2021 19:46:36 24 9
bbc
Landlords are businesses too. Everyone seems to think landlords are billionarires who can afford to have tenants not paying rent. Without rent, many will struggle/go bust.
68
08/01/2021 20:10:53 12 15
bbc
Well if its a business then they should invest in it as such but I have never met a landlord who did so
70
08/01/2021 20:21:24 2 3
bbc
many have gambled, highly leveraged with debt using the increase in value of one house to form the deposit for the next..... a 10% drop in properties prices would do the market good and clear some of them out via bankrupcy
79
08/01/2021 21:07:16 2 2
bbc
If property ever crashes many will also have no shirt on his/her back, its a gamble with benefits they surely must know the score?? Many could be paddling in negative equity..
7
08/01/2021 16:38:40 20 8
bbc
This is the only fair and humane thing to do.

I don't know about anyone else, but this third lockdown feels more difficult than last year's. I guess it's the weather, low morale and the fact that this pandemic is 10+ months long now.

My heart goes out to those suffering financial & eviction worries.
65
08/01/2021 19:47:59 4 2
bbc
Not fair and humane to landlords who need the income is it!
66
08/01/2021 19:51:09 10 10
bbc
Ah well most landlords paid sod all for old council houses and charge way more then any of these houses are worth. Also from my experience having lived in rented accommodation they don't give a toss about the tenants they fail to keep houses in good order and invest nothing in them. This market is broken and the sooner is fails the better
163
09/01/2021 12:32:07 2 1
bbc
No landords bought council houses, only the council tenant bought those.
24
08/01/2021 17:17:44 58 5
bbc
Landlords are not all money grabbing charlatans and not all tenants are poor families having a hard time with the current crisis. Many of the problems facing landlords now are with Universal Credit tenants thinking they can use the eviction ban to pocket money that should be passed on for rent. Decent landlords still try to provide good housing without any funds coming in. A balance needs finding.
67
jon
08/01/2021 20:04:57 15 2
bbc
I have a Tennent that took UC, gave me nothing and simply pocketed it. The local council are now offering to pay the arrears if I give a good reference so they can get social housing. I now have some money being direct from UC but the rest they simply don't pay and don't care. It's madness.
64
08/01/2021 19:46:36 24 9
bbc
Landlords are businesses too. Everyone seems to think landlords are billionarires who can afford to have tenants not paying rent. Without rent, many will struggle/go bust.
68
08/01/2021 20:10:53 12 15
bbc
Well if its a business then they should invest in it as such but I have never met a landlord who did so
153
09/01/2021 12:19:13 3 1
bbc
And yet millions of landlords do - perhaps you choose to rent at the bottom of the market and get bottom of the market service?
255
09/01/2021 21:32:09 0 0
bbc
They just magicked up houses for rent?
54
CJR
08/01/2021 19:24:24 17 3
bbc
Absolutely pathetic my tenant has not paid any rent for over 2 years now , every time as the court order is about to be signed off this happens.
This system is now so loaded in a tenants favour, well done to all you crap landlords that will not spend money on your investment, it’s not a cash cow you know, take responsibility for your investment, this mess is of you money grabbers.
69
08/01/2021 20:13:16 12 4
bbc
Well I'm sorry to say your correct I have rented all my life and not once have I met a landlord who is willing to invest in their property without a battle. So like you say they have broken the system with greed
184
09/01/2021 13:37:01 1 1
bbc
Then you have not met me then James. 20% of every rent is put into a development fund that is spent the following year improving my properties. I am not alone. I know many landlords that do the same. CJR is correct, the bad landlords spoil it for the good. Well maintained properties attract good tenants. It's give and take on both sides. I have exceptionally good tenants.
64
08/01/2021 19:46:36 24 9
bbc
Landlords are businesses too. Everyone seems to think landlords are billionarires who can afford to have tenants not paying rent. Without rent, many will struggle/go bust.
70
08/01/2021 20:21:24 2 3
bbc
many have gambled, highly leveraged with debt using the increase in value of one house to form the deposit for the next..... a 10% drop in properties prices would do the market good and clear some of them out via bankrupcy
61
08/01/2021 19:43:10 32 4
bbc
Many who work hard over the years build up funds and savings: Some spend on a lavish lifestyle; Others buy shares; Some create a business - selling x for a profit; Others leave their funds with banks. Landlords try and provide a much needed accommodation service. But why should landlords be singled out to lose their 'sales' income and subsidise others and covid? (property always incurs costs)
71
08/01/2021 20:22:47 2 16
bbc
In the moderns era property valuations always inflate way in access of maintenance costs.... they can borrow!
72
08/01/2021 20:26:15 5 3
bbc
It was the Tories who insisted that housing benefit is paid to the claimant not the landlord - was it not? So I trust al the landlords on here will in future vote for a different party? Oh....... I thought not!
80
08/01/2021 21:08:56 5 3
bbc
Because the claimant mentality was that they didn't pay rent. The aim was to make people realise that yes they did and to take some responsibility for themselves.
32
08/01/2021 18:26:53 25 3
bbc
I personally cannot say that more than 100 tenants have done this. But I have 2 properties, with one we have worked with the tenant to agree a reduced rent, in the other the tenant is receiving Housing Benefit and has paid no rent since November 2019 - 14 months ago!!
73
08/01/2021 20:27:53 20 2
bbc
It was a Tory idiocy to not pay landlords the rental element of UC direct......
103
08/01/2021 22:24:35 10 1
bbc
Yes 'idiocy' to train in responsibility and money budgeting. It can't be done without real dire consequences for not doing so. And fast instant losses not years later getting evicted from housing they never should have had use of. No 'housing' benefits, only shelter. Want a house, cover the cost by earning and controlling your finances.
74
08/01/2021 20:30:11 6 11
bbc
Yeah well , we all feel sorry for Private Landlords don't we?
81
08/01/2021 21:09:42 8 2
bbc
Nearly as sorry as I feel for the employee of a housing association near me in the Midlands who earns £320,000 a year.
75
08/01/2021 20:34:08 7 8
bbc
Houses are not a business.
Houses are for housing people.
78
08/01/2021 21:06:52 7 3
bbc
Because houses are free?
165
09/01/2021 12:35:01 2 1
bbc
Why are they not a business?
44
08/01/2021 18:58:21 9 4
bbc
But.that would just transfer the costs to income tax payers.
76
08/01/2021 20:42:35 2 5
bbc
Yes it would transfer costs to income tax payers, but council tax is regressive, hitting the least well off hardest and it fails to take account of the ability to pay it.
77
08/01/2021 21:01:29 4 2
bbc
Rigsby was a Landlord, always have that picture in my mind when Landlord is mentioned...
75
08/01/2021 20:34:08 7 8
bbc
Houses are not a business.
Houses are for housing people.
78
08/01/2021 21:06:52 7 3
bbc
Because houses are free?
64
08/01/2021 19:46:36 24 9
bbc
Landlords are businesses too. Everyone seems to think landlords are billionarires who can afford to have tenants not paying rent. Without rent, many will struggle/go bust.
79
08/01/2021 21:07:16 2 2
bbc
If property ever crashes many will also have no shirt on his/her back, its a gamble with benefits they surely must know the score?? Many could be paddling in negative equity..
72
08/01/2021 20:26:15 5 3
bbc
It was the Tories who insisted that housing benefit is paid to the claimant not the landlord - was it not? So I trust al the landlords on here will in future vote for a different party? Oh....... I thought not!
80
08/01/2021 21:08:56 5 3
bbc
Because the claimant mentality was that they didn't pay rent. The aim was to make people realise that yes they did and to take some responsibility for themselves.
158
09/01/2021 12:27:18 2 1
bbc
Unfortunately that type of person will never take some responsibility for themselves, even when they get kicked out and a CCJ against them they will have their hands out for more bennies and another subsidised accommodation.
74
08/01/2021 20:30:11 6 11
bbc
Yeah well , we all feel sorry for Private Landlords don't we?
81
08/01/2021 21:09:42 8 2
bbc
Nearly as sorry as I feel for the employee of a housing association near me in the Midlands who earns £320,000 a year.
57
CJR
08/01/2021 19:31:01 2 2
bbc
Try been owned 25k and struggling to pay 2 mortgages ,all that’s happening is a mass of evictions in the summer why putoff the inevitable, banks start to reclaim their investment and landlords kicking out these rubbish tenants, the cork is going to explode soon from the bottle.
82
08/01/2021 21:10:23 1 2
bbc
Like any financial investment it comes with risks which some never factored in?
172
09/01/2021 13:15:50 1 1
bbc
The risk being the government making a law that permits the customer to steal from the vendor every month with no censure available to the vendor?
83
08/01/2021 21:09:11 6 4
bbc
Landlords are businesses too Everyone seems to think landlords are billionarires who can afford to have tenants not paying rent.Without rent, many will struggle/go bust.

==

My landlord inherited his business, all 11 properties, and is still the type that gives you a bucket when the roof leaks, had his rent on time for the last 17 years though Not all are businesses, some are just inconveniences
52
08/01/2021 19:18:59 11 3
bbc
Yes you are right

But taking this opportunity to NOT pay your rent out of choice than you should lose the right.
84
08/01/2021 21:11:56 1 1
bbc
Tough days for all, has the Government offered any assistance.
85
08/01/2021 21:12:12 2 3
bbc
What comes across in comments is the gulf between the parties. Both sides need to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Perhaps the law needs to be re-worked so that tenants can chose to pay (alot) more up front for a longer leasehold.
86
08/01/2021 21:14:12 7 4
bbc
If only Hilda had not flogged all those Council Houses ...
99
08/01/2021 22:04:27 3 2
bbc
I have no issue with council houses being sold, but it should have been written into law on day one another has got to be built with the proceeds from the sale.
105
08/01/2021 22:37:04 2 2
bbc
Made no difference. Someone still lived in them. Selling them did not create more need for houses. They did not evaporate! The 'I want' demand goes up almost entirely due to immigration, the other part is only single living, but no small places make money for developers and greedy land sellers.
58
08/01/2021 19:31:13 19 3
bbc
Nearly 400,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic

Is it really a surprise rent arrears have increased

2.6 million council houses sold off at one time discounts on right to buy and not replaced is the real story why so many are living in expensive rented accommodation they cant afford without housing benefit top ups
87
08/01/2021 21:15:55 11 4
bbc
Nothing to do with the continued population increase?
55
08/01/2021 19:19:37 46 4
bbc
I gave tenants a 50% rent cut for 3 months in the first lockdown. One tenant despite working hasn’t paid a penny since, there’s no good reason I shouldn’t evict him.
88
08/01/2021 21:17:48 23 3
bbc
You evil landlord you! How dare you provide a service and expect to be paid for it. SPIV! CHUM!
89
08/01/2021 21:23:35 4 1
bbc
20% of UK housing is privately rented, 17% is social rented

Come back and confirm which tenure has the higher rate of evictions
90
08/01/2021 21:23:51 4 9
bbc
The Conservatives and Thatcher are too blame. They went to Reagans America and listened to there Republican party. Banging on our Socialism is bad.

What they didn't hear was Tenants are forced by gun-toting Police officers. In the same the believe in the American Health System is great. But half the people are dying .
115
09/01/2021 02:39:31 1 2
bbc
Interesting sentence structure
91
08/01/2021 21:24:00 14 5
bbc
I've got a great landlord right now so I know not to tarred everyone with the same brush. But my home is his business and businesses fail all the time. If you then go on to say it's the tennants who would suffer if all these private landlords went bust then maybe housing shouldn't be a business.
38
08/01/2021 18:47:08 8 3
bbc
I seem to recall a rush into property (becoming a landlord) after the crash came in 2008 then pension freedoms accelerated the hobby..

Perhaps if banks still rewarded savers many would have not entered this area?
92
08/01/2021 21:29:03 0 1
bbc
The significant period of growth for the PRS was between 1997-2010 when the then Labour government's policies allowed an increase of 60% in private rented homes, from 2.5 million in 1997 to over 4 million by 2010.
120
09/01/2021 08:06:49 2 2
bbc
How does Germany cope most properties seem to be rented, have they a more realistic proposition we can learn from. Although as a nation I think we are past learning..
93
08/01/2021 21:30:18 3 7
bbc
We have record Homeliness in this Country. With Councils spending Millions each on Bed and Breakfast. But the Conservatives and Labour don't care as there all Millionaires.
96
08/01/2021 21:41:39 7 2
bbc
We have record Homelessness in this Country

yes we do, and the ministry of defence have over 11,000 very long term empty homes that cost the tax payer £25 million a year to maintain. You'd have thought they could be better use.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-46402777
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08/01/2021 18:42:54 39 8
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Having watched the bailiffs TV program you see many landlords who have invested in a property to provide a pension in later life as saving's rates are pitiful and the stock market too volatile, property was seen as a safe bet. Even landlords who own several properties have mortgages to pay, so think twice before siding with tenants, many of whom play the system and run up massive rent arrears.
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08/01/2021 21:31:45 2 6
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They could always have played safe and stuck with a 0.01% savings account like many??
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08/01/2021 19:19:37 46 4
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I gave tenants a 50% rent cut for 3 months in the first lockdown. One tenant despite working hasn’t paid a penny since, there’s no good reason I shouldn’t evict him.
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08/01/2021 21:39:58 1 9
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Yes you should evict him. However there many landlords who are using Covid to Evict people unnecessary
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09/01/2021 09:51:42 3 1
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but not this one
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08/01/2021 21:30:18 3 7
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We have record Homeliness in this Country. With Councils spending Millions each on Bed and Breakfast. But the Conservatives and Labour don't care as there all Millionaires.
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08/01/2021 21:41:39 7 2
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We have record Homelessness in this Country

yes we do, and the ministry of defence have over 11,000 very long term empty homes that cost the tax payer £25 million a year to maintain. You'd have thought they could be better use.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-46402777
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08/01/2021 21:56:31 27 4
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An evicton ban is a ticket to spend the benefit money on something else.

When this is all over, we will see a huge rise in in eviction notices to those wasters who know that the local council will have to house them for free also.

Stop giving them this free cash opportunity and pay rent allowance directly to the landlords.
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08/01/2021 22:32:30 8 2
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Fault of the system. Can't blame those working it, they don't blame legal tax dodgers working the tax system. The problem is the do gooders. Cease paying for 'housing' at all, give shelter, shed to portacabins, never housing others pay for themselves. There has to be a gradient, ladder. Get less for free than when working, all self funding and controlling your spending well within income.
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08/01/2021 21:57:37 3 4
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People who rent are more likely to have had their incomes reduced or obliterated by COVID than landlords. This is demonstrably true. Not to say that they cannot come unstuck also. If a landlord can prove their tenant would be homeless otherwise they should be recompensed for the cost the council would have otherwise incurred.
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09/01/2021 11:33:08 1 1
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where on earth do you get that idea from?
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08/01/2021 21:14:12 7 4
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If only Hilda had not flogged all those Council Houses ...
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08/01/2021 22:04:27 3 2
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I have no issue with council houses being sold, but it should have been written into law on day one another has got to be built with the proceeds from the sale.
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08/01/2021 22:10:10 5 2
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Addressing the issues around the homeless is much more complex than a roof over someone's head. Many have addictions and serious mental health issues. Some choose the life as they do not want to conform to a societal structure. I regularly talked to a guy who received treatment for schizophrenia and was a joiner, he had a bedsit which he shared but preferred to beg and take drugs.
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09/01/2021 11:42:22 2 1
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So it's his problem, not ours.