Letter to Gavin Barwell Housing Minister

Letter to Gavin Barwell Housing Minister

10:27 AM, 8th February 2017, About 5 years ago 57

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Dear Mr Barwell,Gavin

I noticed in your appearance on Newsnight last night that you said the main cause of homelessness was the ending of a private tenancy.

In fact, it is important to keep explaining to people who say this (you have clearly picked this up from the anti-landlord rhetoric of Shelter and the like) that:

1. The vast majority of private tenancies are ended by tenants

2. By far the main reason for landlords serving notice is breach of the tenancy agreement, notably by not paying the rent and by damaging the property.

If an employer sacks someone who has been stealing from them, is it the employer or the employee who is to blame for the latter’s actions?

Ditto landlords; we are not responsible for tenants whose behaviour leads them to be evicted. In fact, if you check the figures you will find that Housing Associations evict more than private landlords do and yet no mention is made of them ‘causing homelessness’ (a bizarre accusation to make of any housing provider).

I would appreciate it therefore if you can refrain from making this misleading statement again. You will appreciate how landlords were dreadfully scapegoated by George Osborne for the country’s housing shortage when, in fact, without us the housing shortage would be so much worse; if we hadn’t risked our own savings and used them as deposits and taken out BTL mortgages to fund the provision of new homes to rent and the conversion and rehabilitation of decrepit housing over the last few decades, things would have been a lot worse.

It is rather sickening to have none of our contribution recognised but instead to constantly have aspersions cast in our direction.

This has to stop.

Yours sincerely

Dr Rosalind Beck


It would be good if other readers could also write to Gavin Barwell.

His email address is:  gavin.barwell.mp@parliament.uk


by Chris @ Possession Friend

15:11 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Whiteskifreak Surrey" at "22/02/2017 - 13:38":

Your on the right lines, but turn that around a little ;
Possibly only 1 in 5 tenants won't suffer rent increases within the short term. ( therefore 4 out of 5 tenants WILL )
Which is actually somewhat in line with predictions, or a lot closer than Osbornes statement.

by Whiteskifreak Surrey

15:14 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Chris Daniel" at "23/02/2017 - 15:11":

Thanks Chris, of course agree.
I think it could be used somehow with Mt Barwell?

by Chris @ Possession Friend

18:01 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Interestingly, and to their credit, - NLA have commissioned a comprehensive economic assessment of the likely impact of changes from one of the leading independent economic research companies in the world, Capital Economics.

In 2012, Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel. Its Managing Director Roger Bootle was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC, he is a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the George Osbourne’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called ‘Wise Men’.
Due to be published in a couple of months.
Will this help to sway more M.P's and the Press ? - we'll see.

by Darlington Landlord

18:02 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Ian Narbeth" at "22/02/2017 - 10:07":

Hi Ian
I am attending the “Fixing the Broken Housing Market” session tomorrow. Will interupting be the only chance I get to make a point or do they ask for questions/allow discussion?

by Ian Narbeth

18:10 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Darlington Landlord" at "23/02/2017 - 18:02":

There should be about 45 minutes to an hour for questions. I waited while 5 or 6 other questions were asked to gauge the mood of the room. I also had some prepared typed notes (which I recommend as it is easy to be nervous in front of 50 people and fluff one's question/comments). Barwell seems a reasonable, intelligent chap and he won't be drawn on commenting on, let alone criticizing, tax policy. He is looking for "allies" and he needs to get the message and relay it to the Tory party that if, metaphorically, you stab someone in the back they are not your ally.

by Darlington Landlord

19:29 PM, 23rd February 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Ian Narbeth" at "23/02/2017 - 18:10":

Thanks for that Ian, off to type my key points 🙂

by bhrat Kapur

16:52 PM, 28th March 2017, About 5 years ago

Hello Dr Rosalind Beck

Sorry to disturb you.

I had contacted the european competition commission in regards to Clause 24 as it gives an unfair tax advantage to corporate landlords and hurts individual landlords badly.

They have come back to be after almost a year and I wanted your help in taking this application further. Please can you send me your contact details.

I have already forwarded them “The ROS Report” but I think the case is at critical point and it can help our cause.

I have sent similar emails to others (chris cooper and steve bolten) and waiting their response on this.

I can be reached at bhratkapur_bel@hotmail.com.

Bhrat Kapur

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