Enough is Enough!

Enough is Enough!

13:51 PM, 30th August 2016, About 5 years ago 26

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I’ve had ENOUGH of lazy journalists who blame private landlords for the housing crisis.Had enough

I’ve had ENOUGH of MPs who pay lip service to concern for tenants.

I’ve had ENOUGH of charities who demonise landlords.

I’ve had ENOUGH of government ministers and their civil servants who pursue ill thought out policies.

I’ve had ENOUGH of tenants who believe they should have the right to live rent-free.

I’ve had ENOUGH of a judicial system that moves so slowly that it compounds the misery of law-abiding landlords.

I’ve had ENOUGH of councils with half-baked selective licensing schemes that are little more than fundraising scams.

I’ve had ENOUGH of mortgage lenders that renege on contracts.

I’ve had ENOUGH of agents who work in their interests, not their clients.

I’ve had ENOUGH of landlord associations that pussyfoot around the issues.

AND I’ve had ENOUGH of landlords who bury their heads in the sand believing that, somehow, these issues won’t affect them.

If YOU have had enough of these things too, don’t just complain about them – do as I just did and join the Property118 Action Group and start fighting back!

Steve



Comments

by Dr Rosalind Beck

12:59 PM, 31st August 2016, About 5 years ago

Good point, Terry. I'll write to them now. If anyone else can also contact the Taxpayers Alliance this will be really good as the impact of a few voices is greater than that of one. I've just looked it up and this is the main contact point:

http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/contact_us

It would take people a couple of minutes just to write a brief email along the lines of:

'To whom it may concern. As a private landlord I was very pleased to see your recent report criticising George Osborne's 'war on landlords' and specifically the so-called 'reduction of tax relief for finance costs.' In fact, this is a tax on 'fictitious profit' and the most bizarre tax policy to ever hit the statute books - as it taxes landlords on one of the main costs of their businesses and on money which they have paid to the mortgage lenders (who are then taxed on it as well). Even though landlords don't have the money, they will have to pay tax on it as though they did. Anyway, thanks for your intervention on this.

I would now like to draw your attention to the role which Shelter has played in whipping up anti-landlord sentiment over recent years. This has had the effect of laying the foundations of these anti-landlord policies. The relentlessly negative campaigning of Shelter against landlords is what 'enabled' Osborne's discriminatory attack against landlords (he exempted corporate landlords - many of whom donate to the Conservative Party coffers).

I think it is high time that a spotlight was shone on Shelter and on how it spends its budget -much of which is funded by the taxpayer. This is an organisation which campaigns vociferously against housing providers delivering an essential national service and putting roofs over people's heads - whilst providing no shelter of its own. It seems to think that constantly having a go at private landlords helps tenants in the private rented sector and it spends a fortune on this.

Shelter has also supported Section 24 of the Finance Act (the notorious clause which brings in the new bizarre tax regime), despite the evidence that this will lead to higher rents, hardship for tenants and increased homelessness. It purports to help those in greatest need whilst backing policies which will damage the less well-off.

It would be very good if you could commission a report on this or at least make a public statement. Shelter has been untouchable and immune from any criticism or accountability; it is about time they were also held to account, as they constantly expect landlords to be. Please let me know if you will be able to help in this regard.'

So something along those lines - but if you could each change it a fair bit and/or write something better/different yourselves that would be great. Eg you could mention that their budget is over 50 million and for that they don't house anyone.

That little splurge above has only taken two minutes... If you can post here if you have written something to the TA that would be great. Better still, copy what you have written and paste it here to inspire others.

by Rod

21:24 PM, 31st August 2016, About 5 years ago

I now go straight to the top via e-mails. A couple of weeks ago to the housing minister re the small amount of profit we actually make and c/tax we have to pay on an empty property etc. I had a reply which wasn't very helpful BUT we should all do it until they've HAD ENOUGH and act!

by Dr Rosalind Beck

22:09 PM, 31st August 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jack Ass" at "31/08/2016 - 21:24":

Good point, Jack Ass. If you have any email addresses of the personnel we can write to that would be useful. I know one is Dia Chakravarty.

by Rod

22:54 PM, 31st August 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck ." at "31/08/2016 - 22:09":

I just 'Google' them and something usually comes up as long as you know who to target !!

by Steve Hards

10:42 AM, 1st September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "David Price" at "31/08/2016 - 11:03":

David - thanks for adding to the list of 'enoughs'! I knew I'd forgotten a few! The 'Right to Rent' checks... how did I manage to miss those off?!

by Steve Hards

11:46 AM, 1st September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Alan R" at "31/08/2016 - 09:34":

Hi Alan, there are only a few, so you can take your pick. To be fair, I guess they were set up in less challenging times when the primary need was to help landlords stay on the right side of the law, not to challenge perversities in the system and new laws with adverse consequences.

by Mark Alexander

17:51 PM, 1st September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Steve Hards" at "01/09/2016 - 11:46":

Thanks for writing this article Steve, since it was published we have seen a spike in new members, now over 250 🙂

Any other suggestions on how we can get that number into the thousands will be greatly appreciated.

by Rachel Hodge

23:22 PM, 1st September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck ." at "31/08/2016 - 12:59":

Hi Dr. Ros,

That link doesn't work for me. I'd like to write to them; please can you repost the link?

Thanks

by Dr Rosalind Beck

23:40 PM, 1st September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Rachel Hodge" at "01/09/2016 - 23:22":

Hi Rachel.
You could try going to this link: http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/
Then, you click on 'about' - followed by 'contact.'
That should work.

by Mark Alexander

8:47 AM, 2nd September 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck ." at "01/09/2016 - 23:40":

Hi Ros

They've got a problem with their website contact page. I have reported the error to them this morning.


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