Corbyn – Government “in the pockets of Rogue Landlords”

Corbyn – Government “in the pockets of Rogue Landlords”

10:30 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago 36

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Jeremy Corbyn was responding to a Guardian article “Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England” when he accused the government of being unwilling to fix the housing crisis because they were “in the pockets of rogue landlords.”

Corbyn said: “The squalid and unsafe conditions that hundreds of thousands of people face are at crisis level. The broken housing market is in urgent need of a complete overhaul. The Conservatives can’t fix the housing crisis because they’re in the pockets of property speculators and rogue landlords, not on the side of tenants.”

By property speculators if Corbyn means BTL landlords he is sorely mistaken following the Conservative party attacks on landlords through Section 24 mortgage interest relief restrictions, Stamp Duty surcharges for second homes and continued one sided legislation.

The Ministry of Housing put out a statement saying: “Everyone deserves a safe and decent home and we have given councils strong powers to crackdown on bad landlords and we expect them to use them. We have brought in £30,000 fines, are introducing a database of bad landlords and given councils £12m to enforce the law in hotspot areas. We are also supporting Karen Buck’s private member’s bill which will require all landlords ensure their properties are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action.”

There appears to be a never ending supply of political gain to be made out of confusing all good landlords with the term rogue, which should actually be criminal, landlord and the reason for the housing crisis.

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Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

10:46 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

I often see pictures of tenants living in squalor but when I check I find the pictures are stock images.

If anybody were to use their brain for five seconds when looking at such images they would see the filth that some people live in is of their own making. Occasionally the decor or the furnishings are a bit dated but mold, piles of washing and bin bags everywhere, rats eating rotting food off worktops and in corners etc. is all down to the way people live, not what landlords actually provide to their tenants.

If Government are "in the pockets of landlords" then it's to steal their money!

Landlords are being punished for their tenants anti-social behavior whilst politicians are actively encouraging more of the same with further draconian legislation.

This MUST be stopped, BUT HOW?

Wayne Hoban

11:00 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

Did the Guardian, that well known landlord centric paper, split out Local Authority, Housing Association and PRS for it's figures? Or just dump all the problems as being the fault of the private landlords?!


11:11 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

I've just had to clean out after the tenants never put the bin out all the time they were there, I won't go in to detail but there was also a dog involved then they demanded their deposit back 'little angels', they didn't get it!!!

Steve Masters

11:14 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

...he accused the government of being unwilling to fix the housing crisis because they were “in the pockets of rogue landlords.”

What a stupid comment from Corbyn!
As if the government, any government, would listen to or would be swayed by a handful of individuals.

If the government listens to property developers or the good landlords who form the majority, and it's a big IF, it is because they must form part of the solution not the problem.

God help us and the housing market if Corbyn ever gets in power.


11:16 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

If JC becomes PM we will be in for a rough ride. He knows that there are many out there who want to believe him and hang on his every word. They think he's going to make their lives better but, by the time they realise that most of it is vote-catching BS, it'll be too late. JC, JMcD and Momentum..............................scary!!

Ken Smith

11:20 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

What about a database of rogue tenants too? The guy is a complete Marxist and needs to go and live in Venezuela - a model nation he seems to aspire too. For all the dreamers, layabouts, public sector workers, idealists and commies who vote for him. Be careful what you wish for.

steve p

11:38 AM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

Its a typical Corbyn sound bite that he knows will read well as a headline with no real substance or proof... It's why he did so well in the last election as he is trying to basically say "ill spend more money but don't worry you wont have to pay more". How many of those thousands are in social housing?


12:03 PM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

Can't help thinking I've heard all his general rhetoric before somewhere, ah yes, from a gentleman in the not to distant past who started see if you can guess.

Annie Landlord

13:29 PM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

I checked in to the facebook page that Karen Buck set up last week. It was interesting that over half of the first posts concerned complaints about housing association properties. Also, I don't recall Corbyn criticising the SRS Luminus Housing when it was discovered recently that over 1000 of their homes had no gas certificate and around 40 had unsafe appliances. He also, quite disgracefully, tried to use the SRS Grenfell tragedy to criticise private landlords. There are some criminal landlords, criminal tenants and criminal housing associations. This constant attempt by both Labour and the government to polarise the debate simply damages tenants further. There will come a point when no decent PRS landlord will try to help any vulnerable or low income tenant.

Jay James

14:48 PM, 30th January 2018, About 6 years ago

I have just read the forum headline.
That is like saying day is night or black is white.

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