Registered with Property118.comThursday 29th September 2016
Dr Rosalind Beck
Reply to the comment left by DALE ROBERTS at 25/02/2018 - 19:18I am sorry to hear you are going through this Dale. The BBC didn't mention the fact that this kind of scenario would become much more common and exacerbated if Section 21 were abolished. The journalist presented the view that abolishing Section 21 would be some wonderful thing. Well not for decent landlords it wouldn't be. It would be marvellous for rogue tenants.... Read More
Reply to the comment left by DALE ROBERTS at 25/02/2018 - 19:11I agree new-builds don't stack up, certainly initially - that has always been my experience. I also had to subsidise a house in the early days which took a few years to become profitable and is now extremely profitable.... Read More
Reply to the comment left by H B at 24/02/2018 - 22:22Yes it is important not to spread oneself too thin and waste time on those with an angry mob mentality.... Read More
Reply to the comment left by H B at 24/02/2018 - 18:46I think Generation Rent's FB site is along the same lines. I had the following exchange today, in response to GR calling for rent control:
Me: 'IMLA found that over about the last 15 years I believe, average rents trailed behind inflation. Under rent controls they would have gone higher over that period. Where they are now starting to climb it's because of the Government's fiscal attack on landlords - meaning landlords have to pay tax on mortgage costs as though costs were profit rather than costs. The likes of Generation Rent and Shelter support this massive tax on landlords as though it will help tenants. Bizarre and idiotic and fuelled by anti-landlord sentiment. In fact it is in these organisations' interests to exacerbate problems including homelessness as they will then get more donations. Patrick Collinson at the Guardian has also waged a war against landlords for many years. It's shameful. If landlords hadn't taken the initiative and risks and restored, renovated, converted, funded and let out all these homes, there would be a much bigger housing problem. So-called 'tenant' and 'homelessness' organisations are highly destructive. Instead of constantly attacking housing providers and calling for the building of more homes they should do start providing homes. It's easy to slag off the doers.'
Someone called 'Parker Tron' replied: '" If landlords hadn't taken the initiative and risks and restored, renovated, converted, funded and let out all these homes "
Love this trope. Like every landlord is apparently doing this. They're not, of course. A tiny % are. Landlords just hoard stock, typically do fuck all with it, can barely manage repairs most of them. Just taking homes away with one hand then 'giving them back' to tenants with + a tidy profit margin and a 'be grateful' sticker on it with the other. The Buy to Let brigade are not "doers" they're parasites.
'What are you even doing here? Do you see Generation Rent trolling landlord forums? No, you don't. Your vested interests in the status quo are obvious... so stick to landlord forums and get a bloody life, save trolling people who have more good intention than you could ever understand.'
Me: 'Your anti-landlord generalisations don't constitute evidence. You also seem consumed with envy and hate. The so-called good intentions you mention are not something I have seen at all from GR, which is also an envious, hate-filled organisation.'
I find there is a lot of this nasty, angry mob mentality about. It definitely seems to be on the increase. 'Faiza Shaheen' - who seems to be on every political programme going lately, despite being a very poor contributor, who churns out cliches and bland comments - was on Newsnight a while ago and said that she believed that universities should not 'no platform' people, because it is better for the person to turn up and be 'shouted down.' She is supposed to be an academic. That doesn't mean much these days, with academics toeing narrow ideological lines. I believe that this is the also the case with the BBC, with the Economist - judging from their article on buy-to-let (which I critiqued at the beginning of February on this site) and countless other organisations. So ideology is placed above balance, rationality and reasoned argument. It's a kind of ideological fascism, which is inhibiting free speech - and we have to challenge it whenever we can and speak the truth about what we think. It's an awful development.... Read More
Yes, Luke. You are allowed to be a bit successful but not too successful. I've come across this mentality a lot. Envy is usually at the root of it.... Read More