Am I going nuts? – James ‘Break TheHousingMarket Shire’

by Mick Roberts

8:53 AM, 7th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Am I going nuts? – James ‘Break TheHousingMarket Shire’

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Am I going nuts? – James ‘Break TheHousingMarket Shire’

On 3 year tenancies which he wanted in July, Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire announced his plans to extend tenancies, justifying these by stating:

“It is deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives or find new schools for their children at short notice due to the terms of their rental contract. Being able to call your rental property your home is vital to putting down roots and building stronger communities.”

Now this is the same man who I have been writing to for 2 months, 2 emails, 2 letters (no reply yet) about Selective Licensing. The Tory Government want houses that have no trouble, no ASBO’s, no complaints etc., to be REMOVED from the Selective Licensing scheme.

Well, as some will know, I did some FOI requests on some of the roads where my houses are. The council fought and fought to not give me this information. I won the appeal and I got the info I suspected. Some of my roads have zero trouble, zero ASBO’s, zero complaints!

So I’m asking for these roads to be removed from the Selective Licensing Scheme and for them to refund my money.

Nottingham Labour Council have said “it’s with Legal.” It must be Planet Mars Legal as it’s been with them for five  months already! Perhaps they use the same person to handle correspondence as James BreakTheHousingMarketShire?

I’ve also asked the same questions to Housing Secretary “James BreakTheHousingMarketShire”.

This same man wants tenants to not uproot and says it’s vital for tenants to think of their rented house as a home.

Is he part of the same Government that will not get rid of this benefit cap that has resulted in the eviction of families that have lived in the same house for 20 years? Women with 4 kids who are now homeless, because of Tory austerity?

Is he part of the same Government that is still ignoring the homelessness Universal Credit is causing?

With one foul swoop, the Tory Eton toffs could say Hang on, the Housing Element of benefits should be used to pay rent, that’s what it’s meant for. It’s not costing any extra to pay the Landlord direct, so as soon as they can get that solution done they can stop thousands being evicted.

James BreakTheHousingMarketShire can then say he’s delivered on his own words, i.e.“It is deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives or find new schools for their children at short notice due to the terms of their rental contract. Being able to call your rental property your home is vital to putting down roots and building stronger communities”

These politicians really are on another planet.



Comments

Ian Narbeth

9:45 AM, 7th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

The police site: https://www.police.uk gives crime figures for your locality.

Monty Bodkin

14:51 PM, 7th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

"It is deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives ..."
It is deeply unfair that some inexperienced career politician uses emotional soundbites to make a name for himself doing a non-job that they will long have left before the effects of their disastrous tinkering are felt.
Most tenants don't want longer fixed tenancies. 90% of tenancies are ended by tenants and the average tenancy length is 4 years and rising (English Housing Survey).
Of those landlords ending the tenancy, nearly all are either selling up/moving in or the tenant isn't paying the rent or is breaking the tenancy agreement in some way.
The main winners in this would be the rogue tenants who couldn't be evicted for 3 years.

Ian Narbeth

15:24 PM, 7th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 07/09/2018 - 14:51I agree. Unless a whole host of exceptions is put in place it will mean that people going abroad for 12 months won't be comfortable letting out their house.

There are particular issues for us HMO landlords. From time to time you get a tenant who pays his/her rent on time but is so obnoxious the other tenants leave or threaten to leave. Section 8 may be unavailable (they don't damage the property and by the time you would get to court the witnesses to the bad behaviour have left!) so we would be stuck with them for three years all the while having problems finding and keeping tenants to fill the other rooms.
On the other side of the coin, I foresee tenants failing to exercise their break properly and being required to re-serve the break notice and to pay rent until the second notice expires.

Mick Roberts

7:46 AM, 8th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Yeah Nottingham big place, we have million pound plus houses & 50k flats, much same as lots of cities.
Areas of trouble, area's no trouble. Medium areas good families with no trouble & the odd incident, much the same as may be reported outside Buckingham Palace.

AA

11:01 AM, 9th September 2018
About 2 weeks ago

Licensing in any format has always been a money raising exercise.. FULL STOP. There is no way that the license fee at circa £700 is the true cost of the administration process. At most it is £20. Applicant fills in a excel spreadsheet with required information. Council clerk exports details on a macro driven council spreadsheet and hey presto they have all the information they need. Perhaps another £20 (which is very generous)) to have the accompanying documents to be checked. All sent by email. Councils are all about saving resources. A further £65 for an inspection . So my guess is £105 Is a more accurate cost. Is there not a law against paddling an invoice ? So it all comes down to think of a reason. Areas of high incidence of criminality. However high incidence of criminality occur in city centres and not by those living in the city centre. Conversely where is the evidence that the act of criminality in an area was by residence in that locality and more importantly s it just 1 or 2 miscreants that are skewing the stats ? If for example you have 10000 let homes and 200 recorded offenses (but 50 by 1 criminal a******) . Is that a reason to license 10000 homes. It is if your coffers are running low.

Alex Russell

8:05 AM, 15th September 2018
About 5 days ago

Mick I think your article shows that it doesn’t matter who is in “power” torries or labour. They do the same thing. Which actually shows they don’t make the long term decisions it’s the people in the back ground that make these rediculous decisions.


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