Guardian accuses Landlords of ‘ripping off’ Councils

by Property 118

10:44 AM, 2nd January 2019
About 6 months ago

Guardian accuses Landlords of ‘ripping off’ Councils

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Guardian accuses Landlords of ‘ripping off’ Councils

The Guardian article, click here, “Councils ‘ripped off’ by private landlords, experts warn” accuses private landlords of ‘ripping off” desperate councils trying to house the homeless. They say local authorities are now spending almost £1bn on temporary accomodation with some councils spending £200 per head of population on sheltering homeless households.

These are staggering figures, but surely the responsibility lies more directly with government past and present than with private landlords.

Joint analysis was produced by the Guardian with Shelter showing councils in England spent £997 million in 2017/18 up from £584m in 2012/13 a 71% increase on temporary accomodation. 82,310 families were in temporary accomodation in June 2018 up from 55,840 in 2013, an increase of 47%.

Therefore demand has increased at least 47%, supply of social housing is falling behind and with over 5 years of inflation the economics would suggest a 71% increase in budget shows almost no ‘ripping off’! What on earth are they basing this assertion on?

Councillor Darren Rodwell, the London Councils executive member for housing and planning, said: “These figures show how local authorities and taxpayers are being ripped off by failings in the national approach to this issue.

“The government needs to take action. It’s clear we can’t keep relying on increasingly expensive private-sector accommodation, so more must be done to boost provision of social housing.”

Greg Beales, the campaign director of Shelter, said: “Long queues of homeless families turning to councils for help with temporary accommodation are just some of the unwanted consequences of welfare cuts, rising rents and a failure to build social homes.”

Heather Wheeler, Minister for housing and homelessness, said: “Having somewhere to stay and a place to call home is vital in helping those who are homeless rebuild their lives, and we are determined to make this a reality.

“Temporary accommodation acts as an important safety net  ensuring that the most vulnerable have a roof over their heads until longer term housing can be found. We’re providing more than £1.2bn to tackle all forms of homelessness, including funding for programmes such as the Private Rented Sector Access Fund, which will support more homeless families into long term private rented accommodation.”

The comments above seem to themselves contradict the inflamitory headline of the article, placing the blame more on policy than actual private landlords.


NW Landlord

11:35 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

They would make a great cup of tea though when you went to meetings

NW Landlord

11:39 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Oh and the cherry on the cake they wanted an 88k affordable housing bung after nearly putting us under with there inefficiency and incompetence no thanks

terry sullivan

11:42 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by SM at 02/01/2019 - 11:11
ask for your money back?

terry sullivan

11:45 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 05/01/2019 - 11:32
they hate private landlords--they really do!

terry sullivan

11:47 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 02/01/2019 - 11:56
lb merton sold 7000 units to social--now a private company--project is asset stripping and we council taxpayers get £10000000--end value of project is £2 billion + ie 2000000000

Kate Mellor

11:49 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 05/01/2019 - 11:39That’s disgraceful! Sadly they have nothing on the line in this scenario, unlike you...

This goes back to the point Luke was making. You will never get top quality people working in a business-like fashion where there is no underlying profit motive & no career penalty for failure or poor performance.

NW Landlord

11:51 AM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

I’m not even a huge developer either a disused care home an eye sore in
a really nice area creating 12 new luxury dwellings and they have made it as hard as possible and they have nobody to answer to they are a disgrace the whole lot of them. Councils would be the last people on earth I would work with.

David Price

13:02 PM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 05/01/2019 - 11:51
To conform with the new EPC regulations I had to have my building clad, just like Grenfell only fireproof. The council gave me planning permission after a long delay, and the contract was let. We were advised by the contractor that there was a better finish to the cladding (only the surface), more appropriate to the marine environment, which involved a minor change in colour. We were forced to go through the whole planning process from scratch as if there had never been permission granted. Permission was finally granted long after the work was complete.
Now the cynic in me says that this was a cash raising exercise but surely I must be wrong. Are landlords ripping off councils or are councils ripping off landlords?

terry sullivan

13:22 PM, 5th January 2019
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 05/01/2019 - 13:02
privatize planning

Paul T. Guest

15:50 PM, 28th January 2019
About 5 months ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 05/01/2019 - 11:47 Terry, I wish I could understand what you are trying to say as it might be interesting. Even the numbers aren't easy to make sense of. What happened to writing commas between groups of zeros? Eg 1,000,000,000

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