John Frith

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 219

John Frith

14:31 PM, 22nd February 2020
About 5 months ago

Advance Payments - Kicking the can down the street

Am I the only person to notice the similarity between claimants mismanaging housing payments being made to the tenant, (rather than the landlord), and claimants mismanaging advance payments of UC? The pressures leading to this behaviour is the same.

Divorced from reality, the politicians can talk about claimants "taking responsibility" to manage their finances, but the reality is that with a system full of cracks for them to fall through, and without any support to make the transition successfully, claimants are effectively being set up to fail, at great cost to the claimants, landlords, and the taxpayer.... Read More

John Frith

14:11 PM, 12th January 2020
About 7 months ago

Boyfriends/girlfriends: Is it now an HMO?

My concern on this point is not that anyone is routinely checking for extra "bodies", but that if there were (eg) a serious fire, and it was clear that the landlord knew of the extra person, the landlord would then be blamed for not having a licensed and compliant house (eg by not having a mains powered fire alarm system).... Read More

John Frith

14:27 PM, 27th November 2019
About 8 months ago

Tenant asking not to extend S21?

This raises a point I'd not considered before. If a tenant is evicted using S21, then presumably the council has usually accepted that this is consistent with the tenant NOT making themselves intentionally homeless. But when S21 is abolished, tenants will now be evicted on many different grounds (ASB, rent arrears etc.). Will this change the councils assessment of whether the tenant has made themselves intentionally homeless or not?

If S21 is no longer an option, maybe the councils will be able to class more evictions as "intentionally homeless", resulting in less tenants trying to game the system by going down that route? I'm looking for a silver lining here!

I would have thought ASB's would be construed as intentional.

I read of a case this year where the council argued that rent arrears were an intentional reason, because the tenant was in receipt of HB, and therefore had been given sufficient to cover all their rent, but that view was overturned by the court arguing that the tenant couldn't be expected to use non-housing benefits to "top up" the shortfall in HB, and therefore HADN'T made themselves intentionally homeless.... Read More

John Frith

14:49 PM, 5th August 2019
About A year ago

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Cutting and decentralising tax

Regarding the lack of any politician who can promote or even articulate any housing free market solutions.

I'm old enough to remember when nationalisation as an answer to all ills was considered a viable left wing solution. Although that approach is not taken too seriously any more, the idea that a sector can, and should be, "regulated" to the nth degree seems to have taken over. I'm no politician but I'm waiting (but not holding my breath) for a party that finds an intelligent balance between the market enterprise and individuals rights not to be abused.... Read More

John Frith

13:30 PM, 24th May 2019
About A year ago

Small Claims permitted after DPS award?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 24/05/2019 - 12:47
Ian, are you saying that if a landlord disputes the tenants claim for monies to be returned, and does not agree to ADR, the DPS will ignore the landlord and return all the disputed monies to the tenant? I have always not agreed to ADR as I felt I would have a better chance with the small claims court. But if the deposit has been released by the DPS, that would make it much harder.... Read More