Don’t believe what you read in Newspapers

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11:24 AM, 16th July 2019
About 5 months ago

Don’t believe what you read in Newspapers

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Don’t believe what you read in Newspapers

Further you cannot believe what you watch on television which is extremely anti-landlord. All journalists have their own Agenda. They are not all left wing but a good proportion are.

I take as an example Battered Wives. I only do “family homes” and that means two and three bedroom houses. I used to go out of my way to take single mums. Usually they had one child, but occasionally more. I also had a few single dads. I suppose I should call them single parents to be politically correct, but I have never been one for political correctness!

The problem was not the mother, nor was it the child. It was the delivery of Housing Benefit. It became totally impossible. We are Super busy was the reason one week, then we are super, super, busy the next week. The Councils must carry some of the blame.

There is now such an animal as the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. Council’s now have a duty to house anyone who is threatened with homelessness within 8 weeks.

If you have given a Section 21 then send a letter to the Chief Executive of the Council informing the Council that the tenant has been served with a Section 21. If there is a child involved the Council must rehouse the tenant. This duty can be discharged by putting them in Bed and Breakfast.

I read in the Local paper that I had evicted four single mums. None were evicted. None were single mums! All had partners.

I then read all four were pregnant. None were pregnant!

I wished to sell the four houses and offered them four equivalent houses. None were pushed out, but according to the media, I had evicted four pregnant single mums. Well why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

Take a tip. Always write to the Chief Executive and ask for an acknowledgement. Point out the Duty of Care the Council owes the tenant under the Homelessness Prevention Act 2017.

Fergus Wilson



Comments

Lesley Thomas

14:08 PM, 17th July 2019
About 5 months ago

There's a pro-landlord journalist looking for stories from landlords to feature in the Money section of The Daily Telegraph newspaper. His last story on Saturday 13 July 2019 was called "Eviction ban 'will finish off private landlords". He is asking landlords for stories: "Are you a landlord considering selling? Or maybe you've already quit. We want to hear from you at adam.williams@telegraph.co.uk". I think as many landlords as possible should write to him with their stories to demonstrate the extent of the damage being done by tenants, local authorities and blinkered politicians to the lives, property, businesses and finances (to say the least!) of so many landlords. No doubt these stories may provide months, if not years, of news worthy reading in the hope someone suitable to help landlords may listen and fight our corner. A BIG thank you to Adam Williams of The Daily Telegraph for trying to help landlords in publishing such stories.

Old Mrs Landlord

18:04 PM, 17th July 2019
About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lesley Thomas at 17/07/2019 - 14:08
It would certainly be good to have at least one impartial journalist to balance out items such as George Monbiot's pack of lies, hyperbole and biased rhetoric in today's Guardian though, judging by the comments, we are fighting a losing battle.


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