Councils encouraging law breaking

Councils encouraging law breaking

12:25 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago 93

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It seems to be a regular thing that councils, with our money (tax-payers), are encouraging, even helping tenants to break their legally binding contracts.

It surely is immoral if not illegal that they do this to help massage their own housing list figures?

We need to start a campaign to highlight this, how do others feel about this?

If you feel strongly about this and are serious enough to do something about it then we need to talk. I am hoping to form a campaign group committee so if you are interested in becoming part of this crusade please complete the form below so that I can get in touch with you. When you complete the form an auto-responder email, set up by the clever people at Property118, will send you my email address and telephone number too.

By all means post comments and questions below too, I am interested in all viewpoints whether you wish to be part of the campaign group or not.Councils encouraging law breaking

Many thanks

Alan Loughlin

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12:36 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

in what way are you saying councils are helping tenants to break their legally binding contracts?
unless im missing something, i'm not seeing anything like that in my region?

Shakeel Ahmad

12:44 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Councils are totally out of control. Central Government is well aware but do not act. Various very serious issues of Councils have been high lighted by the media of a number of years has no effect.

The fact that an incompetent, unaccountable Councillor can earn more than the prime minister, not to mention the Pension & perks is beggars belief.

Their non caring/incompetent attitude is filtered down to each & every staff at the Council, Which ever department one looks at

Ray Davison

12:53 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "29/01/2014 - 12:36":

You obviously do not deal with benefit tenants much Julie.

Such tenants often leave without notice and inform the council they have moved. When we inform the council that they have not adhered to the requirements of their tenancy by leaving early or without notice the council simply do not care and stop all payments relating to our tenancy in favour of the one at the their new address. The council should be obliged as part of any benefit claim to verify that any previous tenancy has been ended properly.

Cosmo Anayiotos

12:54 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

well, I'm a great believer in equality. what is good for one person is just as good for everyone.
So, IF a council IS helping ten ants to break the laws, would they not help landlords to evade tax ??? same thing is it not ?? just everso slightly different.

Sharon Betton

13:06 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "29/01/2014 - 12:36":

Have to agree with Julie - in the areas I am aware of, the "massaging of figures" seems to be the reverse. I agree, they usually work on the side of the tenant, but I see this more in refusing to accept homeless applicants until a Court has ordered possession of a property, causing landlords more expense and uncertainty. This, however, is due to the numbers presenting and the short supply of council/housing association properties.

Ray Davison

13:09 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Sharon Betton" at "29/01/2014 - 13:06":

Sharon, The councils have their problems to deal with but that is no excuse for them to sit there playing the all powerfull regardless of the rights and wrongs of the circumstances.

Cosmo Anayiotos

13:15 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Julie Ford" at "29/01/2014 - 12:36":

hi Julie, I have heard of this several times. the housing department of Rugby was caught out using such tactics a few years ago. their thinking was they didn't want the bad -non-paying-ten ants any more than we do. and as long as they where in the private sector .....the council had no reason to worry about them. nice chaps.

13:18 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Hi Alan,

I assume you mean about councils telling LHA tenants in rent arrears to stay in their homes until they are evicted?

If you would like to make the same case on Property Tribes, to reach more landlords, then you would be most welcome to do so.

Sharon Betton

13:30 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Ray Davison" at "29/01/2014 - 13:09":

Housing benefit and tenants leaving without notice are serious issues and yes, I do think that housing benefit sections/departments should be more open with landlords. Often the only clue a landlord has that his property has been abandoned is the failure of the housing benefit to arrive - which, as it is paid 4 weeks in arrears, means that is the minimum of the rent arrears that are owed. With no proper notification of relinquishment, the landlord may be forced to go through a lengthy process before he can legally recover his property. In this respect, the councils are allowing tenants to break their agreements with no concerns for the landlord. But stll don't think this massages the figures in the way the original contributor mentions.

Romain Garcin

13:40 PM, 29th January 2014, About 10 years ago

It is the tenancy's own responsibility to serve notice when leaving. There is nothing the council can do against that, there are not a party in the tenancy, especially that housing benefits are the tenant's money.
I think that deep changes in the law would be required to change that.

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