Labour want ‘Triple Lock’ for tenants

Labour want ‘Triple Lock’ for tenants

10:09 AM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago 30

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A new Covid-19 Housing Delivery Taskforce to tackle the challenges Covid-19 poses to the London housing sector has met for the first time and is chaired by Labour’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Tom Copley.

The group will consider how the sector can adapt and maintain resilience and also look at specific support needed from Government that would be effective in maintaining housing supply and providing confidence in the market.

The Taskforce press statement reported: 

With millions of low paid renters in London now facing increased financial uncertainty the Mayor has also warned of a ‘ticking timebomb’ of debt, arrears and widespread evictions over the coming months. He has called on the Government to immediately implement his ‘Triple Lock’ protection for private renters by increasing welfare support, ending ‘no fault’ evictions and stopping tenants who fall into arrears due to Covid-19 being evicted.

Tom Copley said: “Delivering the social and other genuinely affordable homes Londoners need has always been the Mayor’s top priority and this pandemic challenges our ambitious targets like never before. I am pleased that so many key members of the London housing sector have responded to my call to join this new taskforce, working together to help the industry through this crisis and ensuring we can build a better future after it.

“The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated that an economic shock can have a sustained impact on the housing market and the delivery of new homes. It is essential that planning starts now to ensure London recovers as quickly as possible and the sector continues to deliver the homes Londoners need at pace and at scale.

“The public sector must play a key role. Having begun to rebuild their house building capacity, supported by the Mayor, London’s councils are in a much stronger position to support this recovery than they were 12 years ago.

“I want us to do more than just bounce back from this. I want London’s housing sector to emerge from this crisis with improved resilience, a greater sense of co-operation and a new found resolve to deliver the genuinely affordable homes that London so desperately needs.”

The Covid-19 Housing Delivery Taskforce  is made up of leaders from across London’s housing delivery sector including councils, construction, unions, and housing associations.

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michelle green

15:16 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Lindsay Keith at 29/04/2020 - 12:21
No - what they want is to destroy the smaller landlord so that the large corporations and housing associations can take over completely and continue to use schemes like Shared Ownership as ongoing, totally safe investment vehicles.

Annie Landlord

15:20 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

If “Delivering the social and other genuinely affordable homes Londoners need has always been the Mayor’s top priority " then the Mayor has failed miserably. Copley is right though, housing is a ticking time bomb, especially for London, but also across the UK.
From poor new-build quality, leasehold scandal and dangerous cladding through to affordable rents being unaffordable, housing associations dumping social rent tenants and private landlords facing ruin, housing is in crisis.
However, having 'conversed' with Copley on social media, he is not the right person to lead on housing solutions. He is typically, blindly anti-PRS and his failure to include representation form the PRS on his 'task force' is an entirely political move. Housing Associations are predicting anything from 20-40% of social tenants going into arrears. Will they be protected from eviction I wonder?
The housing crisis simply can't be solved without the resources, expertise and goodwill of private landlords. Somehow, people like Copley need to grasp that.

terry sullivan

16:24 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

social landlords evict masses

michelle green

16:33 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 29/04/2020 - 16:24
Don't they just! As well as leaving their tenants to live in damp filled, dilapidated and often dangerous properties.
The new homes for habitation act (think that's what it's called) which will also apply to Housing Associations will see a flood of legal actions (replacing PPI scandal for many No Win No Fee solicitors waiting in the wings). Heaven help any private owners of these properties as they will be the ones forced to subsidise.

Ingrid Bacsa

18:06 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 29/04/2020 - 10:37
Landlords MUST pay! Dont even think about the new "mediation' service. In its own words: it is designed to "force" landlords to talk more to tenants. For this service, Landlords must pay £540 . IT is a "telephone" mediation service. Dont let's kid ourselves, this is designed to delay court evictions even further and to extract yet more cash from unsuspecting landlords.

The governments in all parties seek to ruin small landlords and see them as easy cash cows who cant fight back.

Mega landlords, who are in the upper echelons any way, will be fine and when there are only the mega landlords left, the balance will shift in their favour and they will be like modern day feudal lords of their own mega estates.

terry sullivan

18:47 PM, 29th April 2020, About 4 years ago

i reckon next misselling scandals will be part buy part rent and retirement home unfair terms--i certainly hope so

and then leasehold must be abolished


13:28 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

I'm sure they are capable of understanding PRS concerns, but the key lies why they want to understand it. What a way to get votes from most tenants, whatever the real world implications are!



13:34 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 30/04/2020 - 13:28
They, like Tories, are not here to save the world, they are barely here to get their votes.

Bristol Landlord

16:13 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by michelle green at 29/04/2020 - 15:16
I completely agree with you Michelle.
I don’t believe the reason the Govt is creating all these changes to the laws, and making it much harder for landlords, is just due to a lack of understanding of the PRS or to gain votes but actually has the agenda in mind which you mention.
When I have rented from private landlords and from corporate landlords I have found that sometimes the private landlord will be flexible but the corporate landlord never.
The UK renters now jumping on the bandwagon to support propaganda outfits like Shelter and demonise private landlords will eventually realise that renting in the UK has become a mostly corporate affair and has no one willing to give them a break if they don’t have a perfect credit history etc, the rules will be the rules, no exceptions sonny, go see the council if you don’t like our terms.
These times of the private single house owning landlord will be remembered as the better times as the future is going to be much worse.
The complaining renters today are a ship of fools too shortsighted to see what’s coming next for the private renter.

Ingrid Bacsa

18:22 PM, 30th April 2020, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 30/04/2020 - 13:28
I take it you agree with my view then!
It really has become a joke for tenants since governments ended council housing support for working class families and shifted responsibility onto private landlords - but insisted on dictating terms and maintaining fierce control. What other private business could they do this to
- imposing hundreds of regulations and generating income streams - and empowering tenants to do what they like - when landlords themselves have very limited means to recoup unpaid rents and other losses.

Rogue landlords are more likely to be the minority wealthy ones and not the majority of us hardworking mortgage paying ones but it seems we're all deemed to be wealthy rogues.

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