paul smith

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paul smith

10:51 AM, 15th February 2020, About A year ago

Project to reduce the reluctance to rent to tenants on benefits

Looking at the funded projects, among other things :-

This project from The Bond Board, a homeless charity

"The PRS Navigators service provides regular outreach at various letting agency/offices in key boroughs of North Greater Manchester. Agents can refer or invite clients currently housed with them who are in rent arrears, on low-incomes, or who need assistance applying for welfare assistance. This aims to help tenants facing homelessness to address any debts and stabilise their tenancies.

We also work with Local Authorities to address any complaints made to council services about poor management standards, such as illegal notices, harassment or other management practices which a tenant may feel inappropriate. We provide 'soft touch' enforcement, addressing concerns with the owner or agent through the outreach work, highlighting better management practices and how to avoid complaints."

(Again, little about tenant obligations. Although to be fair to them, the charity does provide written bond guarantees, instead of a deposit, to help homeless get into the PRS, as well as furniture and white goods, and assists in setting up utilities and council tax. )

and this one from Wigan council

"This project takes a targeted approach in Leigh, an area within the Wigan Borough where there are particular concerns regarding the private rented sector. By introducing a Tenants' Champion into the community, we're encouraging real communication and engagement to facilitate a strong, supportive network of renters, landlords, and agents who work together to resolve issues by sharing best practice and outcomes.
The Tenants' Champion's work includes helping increase private renters’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and acting as their ‘voice’ and advocate in engaging with the landlord when issues are identified. The Champion also works with landlords to ensure that properties are being managed ethically and there are no failures in meeting obligations, taking a firm stance through targeted enforcement action when faced with non-compliance."

(Again it seems all the obligations are on the landlord. What does "managed ethically" actually mean??)"... Read More

paul smith

10:06 AM, 22nd July 2017, About 4 years ago

Section 24 could cause the next pension crisis

Reply to the comment left by "Tobias Nightingale" at "22/07/2017 - 09:08":

Melanie Onn is not a Housing Minister. She is a SHADOW Housing Minister. Despite the hullabaloo, Labour LOST the election, and Labour are not in power.... Read More

paul smith

12:15 PM, 26th June 2017, About 4 years ago

Are Councils legally allowed to force a Tenant to challenge/appeal a repossession order already issued?

Cant you get your costs awarded from the council as they seemed to be a "champion" (i think that is the legal term) in funding this appeal.?... Read More

paul smith

10:52 AM, 29th April 2017, About 4 years ago

paul smith

11:43 AM, 8th April 2017, About 4 years ago

Eviction by co-tenant but there is no tenancy agreement?

Remember to write to the tax office with your co-tenant and landlords details. Always interesting to see what they are declaring v what you are paying (especially when actual cash is involved in rent payment)... Read More