by Mick Roberts
10:38 AM, 4th June 2021, About A week ago 17
Anyone knows anyone else in the same boat, please spread. Many many tenants have done nothing wrong, but imbecile Govt and Councils are making it so hard for those that haven’t got a problem.
I have offered to pay my tenants’ deposits so they can buy their homes after becoming disillusioned with the PRS. I blame government policies, licensing schemes and a tortuous Universal Credit system with the latest EPC regulations as the final straw
Text to my tenants:
Please ring me about this text and read to the end before u panic.
We’d like to sell your house within 10 years for the reasons below. We can sell it u and pay your deposit for u, if u r able to buy it. Sell it to someone u know who would keep u in. We have people who may buy & keep u in.
A lot of Landlords give tenants 2 months notice. We recognise this is your home, and would never contemplate selling on u if you’ve done nothing wrong, however, the Council’s and Govt are making it really difficult for the good Landlords-All to get back at the bad Landlords.
We are only in this position cause the Council’s and Govt are bringing that many rules in retrospectively, they make it extremely hard for good landlord that’s abiding by the rules and is getting older, to carry on.
We are doing 4 times the amount of admin, paying out thousands in unnecessary costs-Nothing which makes your home better.
U should all really be writing and meeting your MP and Councillors and Govt and Council and telling em what they are doing to people who didn’t have a problem before.
The latest rule they are now proposing to bring in in 2025 is EPC to a C. I’ve already got the Combi boiler, UPVC etc., so it’s external wall insulation. Approximately £10,000 each house, but they not bringing it in for Council houses or Owner houses-Only to Private Landlords.
I never thought we’d be in the trap we in now where Councils and Govt have made it that bad for Landlords, that it’s made it extremely hard for Benefit tenants to move house.
Years ago, u had a choice to move, and then I’d have sold your house as u moved on. We all in a trap where u can’t move now if u want to. Govt and Councils has done this to u. Landlords packing up in their droves due to Licensing and Universal Credit.
It’s also the bad tenants some of these rules are being bought in for, which makes it unfair for u good ones.
I used to be able to give u keys, service your boiler and u tell me when something needs doing. I’m now doing courses at 4am just to keep u in your home. And many of u aware, I don’t want the houses anymore, only keeping them to keep u in your home.
U can buy it now if u or your buyer can arrange it. Also happy to wait for u up to 10 years. I’ll pay your 5% deposit if u can buy it.
Please work with me and let’s find a Landlord that is younger and not weary of the all the latest rules, who’s happy to keep u in for 10+ years. I’d get a lot more selling it empty, but I’m mindful that it’s been your home for years, so am prepared to lose £20,000 to sell to discount Landlord to keep u in your home.
I may have a few people now who wish to buy and keep u in if u wish to go ahead now.
Some of u have been with me 24 years and I don’t take this decision lightly.
Some of you’s kids are also getting older and your Housing Benefit towards the rent will drop massively when your kids are 18 or leave. I used to have affordable flats for u to move into. Now the people aren’t moving from my flats anymore.
Govt & Councils are making far too many retrospective changes when the tenant has already lived there years & the Landlord bought the house years ago. If people have not had a problem for years, Govt & Councils should be rewarding them and lower costs, not penalising them and higher costs.
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