Boris is wrong about renting not being a home of your own

by Nick Thompson

15:47 PM, 6th October 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Boris is wrong about renting not being a home of your own

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Boris is wrong about renting not being a home of your own

The Prime Minister is wrong to believe that those in private rented housing are unable to turn the properties they live in into a home of their own.

The implication in his speech today to the Conservative Party Conference flies in the face of a previous survey of tenants carried out by the National Landlords Association before it merged to form the National Residential Landlords Association.

This found that 63% of renters had redecorated their home and 52% had made significant changes to their gardens with the permission of their landlord.

Chris Norris, Policy Director for the National Residential Landlords Association, said:

“Whilst we believe that those who want to should have the opportunity to buy a home of their own, the Prime Minister is wrong to imply that renters cannot turn the properties they live in into a home of their own. Indeed, landlords much prefer to have tenants settled long term in a home they feel comfortable in and want to look after.

“If the Government really wants to support homeownership it should consider changes to the tax system to support and encourage landlords considering leaving the market to sell to first time buyers. Reports that Ministers are considering an increase in Capital Gains Tax would serve only to incentivise landlords to hold on to properties longer than they might otherwise have done.”


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TrevL

16:09 PM, 6th October 2020
About 4 weeks ago

On the basis that they can't easily be evicted, I would suggest Boris is wrong, they can consider their rented property a home....

David

10:10 AM, 7th October 2020
About 4 weeks ago

The fact lost on Johnson and Co is that its not their home, they are simply renting someone elses property. If they stayed at a hotel do you think the owner would allow them to make changes to the property .Seems just like any other Communist countries Johnson want to take private property and hand it to the proletariat to do exactly what they want with it. In many cases renters don't even ask permission they make changes .

Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:14 AM, 7th October 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Ha ha ha ha - Boris the Landlords' Friend is sadly spitting in the face of those who glorified him here.
Sorry for being so bitter so early in the morning, but that is my opinion and has always been. I voted for him as a lesser devil, but devil he is. The Tories seem to turn this country into a communist state and in the same time want to saddle everyone with a huge debt - a society in debt is easy to control.

Smartermind

12:28 PM, 7th October 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 06/10/2020 - 16:09
Yes, but they can be evicted by a valid s21 notice at 2 months notice, barring the current logjam due to covid.

There was an article in yesterday's property118 about a tenant moving a partner in and the landlord not being happy about it. With that kind of interference by landlords, Bozo is right on this.

Only people living in council properties can feel it is their home as they are less likely to face eviction and interference by landlords.

Old Mrs Landlord

15:46 PM, 7th October 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Smartermind at 07/10/2020 - 12:28
Your reply shows that you do not have a grasp of the implications of a tenant moving a partner in without the landlord having been given opportunity to do the necessary checks on the partner, amend the tenancy agreement, explore the consequences if the tenant claims benefits etc. The rented property is the tenants' home but they do not own it or have the responsibility for its upkeep and ensuring it complies with all the regulations. If it becomes overcrowded because the tenant has invited others (possibly people with no right to be in the UK) to live there with him, it's not the tenant who will be prosecuted.

TrevL

18:52 PM, 7th October 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 07/10/2020 - 10:14
Imagine if the Corbyn bunch had got in....I think we're going to see a lot of change over the next few years, and as written in other posts the fundamental property rights people have in this country will come under pressure. Once there was nothing safer than bricks and mortar, but when large proportions of the population have nothing and nowhere to live, communist type policies will come to the fore....or lots of people will die....section 24 was only the start.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

21:26 PM, 7th October 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 07/10/2020 - 18:52
I think BoJo is on par with what Commie Corbynov would have done... We do not know for sure, but I bet very few here expected communism sneaking in with this government.

Michael Bond

12:19 PM, 8th October 2020
About 3 weeks ago

I sometimes say to one of my tenants: "My house. Your home". Before the current deluge of pro-tenant regulation introduced as a result of the pandemic I believe the average length of a PRS AST was about 4 years and about 80% of such tenancies ended at the initiative of the tenant. When dealing with detailed matters Ministers can only really be as good as their advisers and many Whitehall civil servants never go outside the M 25 circle except for their summer holiday in a smart villa in Tuscany; and get their ideas about the PRS from Shelter.


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