Discrimination in the rental sector

by Property 118

8:30 AM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Discrimination in the rental sector

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Discrimination in the rental sector

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the story from Shelter and National Housing Federation about discrimination in the rental sector:

“This is a systemic problem with how housing benefit works. Rents are paid in advance, whereas housing benefit is paid in arrears, and therefore with such a shortage of rental accommodation, landlords and agents will naturally choose a tenant who can pay the rent when it is due, rather than a tenant who is always a month in arrears.

“We have called on Government time and time again to resolve this problem. But our calls have fallen on deaf ears. To make the situation worse, many lenders also have a clause in their buy-to-let mortgage agreements which prevent landlords from letting to housing benefit tenants. This situation does not exist because of landlords or letting agents, it is a systemic problem caused by Government and the banks.”

Click Here to view the campaign by the National Housing Federation and Shelter:

“People receiving benefits are often locked out of the private rented sector and openly discriminated against by private landlords and estate agent adverts, who specify ‘no DSS’ or ‘no housing benefit’.

We’re partnering with Shelter on a new campaign, making the case that private landlords and letting agents shouldn’t be allowed to do this.”

“Many housing associations were set up in the 1950s and 1960s to house people who could find nowhere else to live due to racism from private landlords and letting agents who told them no Irish, no blacks, no dogs. Fast-forward to 2018 and we still have outright bans, this time because people depend on Housing Benefit. We believe this is not right and must stop.

So together, with Shelter, we’re calling for landlords and letting agents to see sense and assess people on a case by case basis, not through policy bans, and for the Government to urgently invest in the building of new affordable housing.”



Comments

Mick Roberts

14:54 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Gees,
When will these people EVER COME TALK TO US?

I'm one of the biggest Housing Benefits HB Landlords in the UK Shelter if you are listening.
I have loved HB for years, the people are normal. I, don't laugh at this, used to refuse working people ha ha.
I now after 20 years don't want HB. Why not? Come ask me newspapers as long as I han't got to have me photo taken. Come ask em Radio stations?

I don't take HB any more-Come take me to court, because the Govt & Councils change the rules when we've already got the tenants in.
I've only ever took 4 or 5 tenants to court for eviction. And the reason is? They've lived there 5 10 years & then all of a sudden, the Govt gave them the Benefit Cap. No one could foresee this 7 or so years ago.
But you Mr Govt dimwits, didn't cap them directly, you took the money out their HB to landlords. So tenants didn't get capped, so what did they learn? Nothing. We the Landlord lost the money, you STOPPED paying their rent because these 4 kids they've had for years, you now decide they've had too many.
You din't do it on new babies, so they had warning, nor did you did it before they moved in the house & said If you move in there, we not paying the rent. YOU DID IT WHEN THEY WAS ALREADY LIVING THERE FOR YEARS!!!!!

That's why Shelter, some of us don't take HB any more.

The Govt also approx 2012 stopped paying the normal 1 bed £90pw for anyone under 35. It used to be 25. So the 27 year old living in the house no longer could afford the rent, you'd only pay £69 for him. Where's he getting the £21 extra from, u imbeciles?
Why did the Govt do this? 'Cause it saved approx £225 mil they say. Stop all HB then. Let's make everyone homeless.

You bought clause 24 in which stretched some Landlords to avoiding the risk on HB.

And now, I'd say the biggest reason for refusing HB is the new Universal Credit UC system u numptees. You paying the tenant direct the RENT FOR THE HOUSE. I say this, WHAT IS THE WORSE THAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU PAY THE LANDLORD THE HOUSING ELEMENT DIRECT? Ooh yes, the Landlord gets his rent, he pays the mortgage, & the tenant doesn't become homeless. What an Einstein brainwave. Ooh no my dog's just worked that out too. Seems the Govt & UC can't.

Ooh this morning when that was on the news, Shelter ring me, see me. I'll tell u how it is. We only want the rent. Is that a crime?
Sort the Govt & UC out. UC is a nightmare. We getting it fully in Nottm approx Oct 18.
I only have 3 tenants on it so far & so far 100% failure rate. One tenant, UC paid her for approx 16 18 months AFTER I REPORTED ARREARS.
Engage & communicate with Landlord, we WANT THE TENANT TO STAY. But they can't stay if no rent.
HB tenants are normally on average, more time consuming-FACT!
I have some Letting Agent posh tenants & 1 tenant takes up approx 10 mins of my time per year.
I have lots of HB tenant, A lot EACH ONE takes 6 hours per month.
Do u want to ask me again while I don't take HB.

Sort Benefit cap out. so many thousand there back into the Private Rented.
Sort out direct payment UC, Landlords will come flocking back.
HB made these mistakes years ago, UC won't listen to how HB do it. In UC's manual is How can I make it as hard as possible for Landlord & tenant. Instead of How can we pay this rent so tenant don't go homeless.
There's gonna' be worse to come once UC goes Nationwide.
I ain't got a degree & I have answered why no HB. Yet Eton toffs Tory Govt der.....

Ooh and now Nottingham Selective Licensing & other councils. You give us the most stringent conditions AFTER WE ALREADY HAVE THE TENANTS, that most HB tenants can't abide by.

That Shelter is why we ain't taking HB any more. 'Cause of the above & also you change the rules & goalposts when they already live in the house.
Can you go in a shop & buy a Mars Bar without paying? No, you keep doing it, u get arrested.
Why can someone live in a house & pay no rent? And now you trying to make it harder for Landlord to get tenant out when he ain't paying any rent. Why? U don't even know what's gonna' happen here, do you u dimwits. Landlords are now gonna' go for even more squeaky clean tenants which is gonna' exclude even more HB.

There is your answer Shelter. And I have some VERY GOOD HB been with me 20 years. But I also have some very bad labour intensive HB. We're getting older, we don't want the hassle. We renting them houses & you want us to be debt collector, Social Worker, Policeman, Judge, soft touch. Get with it.
Ring me, I'm waiting.

I give permission for anyone to put my reply on Shelter Facebook page.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

15:14 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 22/08/2018 - 14:54
Done.

Jay James

15:28 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 22/08/2018 - 15:14
Could not find it, but then Shelter do manipulate the order of the comments.

Jay James

15:29 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Chek ou Pam Swann (commenting on real facts) on Shelter's facebook page. she may need some help.

Monty Bodkin

16:30 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

Social landlords predominantly house 'DSS' tenants;

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/732562/mortgage-and-landlord-possession-statistics-apr-jun-18.pdf

At April to June 2018, the majority (59%) (17,268) of all landlord possession claims were social landlord claims, 21% (6,145) were accelerated claims and 20% (6,027) were private landlord claims.

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18:07 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

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Rod

18:50 PM, 22nd August 2018
About 2 years ago

It's easy for the righteous in nice comfortable offices and cosy homes to condem others when they've no idea about the front line. They could always take someone 'in' though, but don't hold your breath!

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19:10 PM, 22nd August 2018
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