10:13 AM, 12th October 2016, About 6 years ago 10
Ashford Council has banned two people from meetings designed to encourage private landlords to provide housing for benefits tenants. Allegedly the two people were banned for asking too many probing questions, both are portfolio landlords.
The landlords will remain nameless but one of them told Property118 “The ban will not prevent us attending for we are made of sterner stuff.”
He went on to say ….
“I went to a landlords meeting in Swale (North Kent, Thames estuary area) last night where the local council patiently explained how the benefit cap was going to affect tenants. Trying to convince landlords to house capped families by saying that they would be able to find money for rent (on circa £385 per week?). I do not have property in that area but a colleague who does told me that they are housing these families in bed and breakfast for the six week statutory maximum and then moving them to “permanent accommodation” for two weeks and immediately back into bed and breakfast for a further spell, and so on ad infinitum. Universal Credit was brushed aside as only affecting a very few people. A BIG problem is looming because of many ill conceived government policies. Section 24 was not even mentioned as this did not affect the council.
In addition to all the bed and breakfast costs the council had a team of at least three just dealing with benefit tenants and the affects of the caps. They were proud that they had managed to find ‘jobs’ for sixteen so that they could avoid the caps, they skirted round the question of what sort of jobs.”