Jonathan Clarke

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Jonathan Clarke

7:09 AM, 18th October 2021, About a month ago

Tenants - This is probably the second joint biggest reason why you can't get a house and why you're paying extortionate rents

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 18/10/2021 - 05:57Excellent content Mick
I`ve had so many which were paid direct to me on LHA for very good reasons and then they get a change of circumstances. So they get shifted to UC behind my back and the rent paid to them . No one has the courtesy at the Council or DWP to even tell me that its happening. The poor tenant sometimes hasn't a clue either. They don't differentiate between the roles of Council and the DWP and see them all as just `the Government`. Its all well over their head and just another layer of bureaucracy as far as they are concerned . They are very susceptible and vulnerable in the JC interview and can be coerced into anything that the JC staff say. Their biggest fear is not getting any UC at all to feed their kids. So they become a nodding dog in there saying yes sir no sir when appropriate just to ensure they get some money . The first I get to hear of it is when the LHA stops showing my end at the 4 week pay period . I have to employ someone now to go along with them so they get it right as Ive been had over so many times . And that is just for the existing tenants transitioning. I wont take new ones on because of the way UC is set up . It could be all so different if they simply paid me direct at the outset all the time every time . But no they had to complicate it with their Tier 1 and Tier 2 stuff. If they had bothered to ask a seasoned LHA LL in the PRS before they set it up we would have told them straight . I would say you are setting the tenant up to fail if you dont pay me direct . But they didn't ask me and as a consequence I`ve reduced my HB exposure from 75% to 20% .
I tell all this to the new guy just started working for the Homelessness Dept with the council. Hes full of enthusiasm about working with the PRS and solving the Homelessness problem once and for all .As if . He means well of course and I don't want to dampen that enthusiasm but he needs a reality check bless him . You can tell he has already has been conditioned in what to say to me and has precious little practical experience dealing with HB tenants. In 3 mths he himself will be disillusioned and move on I bet . Solving the broken system is well above his pay grade
I would love to be a fly on the wall at his training induction course to see what madness they are teaching him... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

22:29 PM, 17th October 2021, About a month ago

Tenants - This is probably the second joint biggest reason why you can't get a house and why you're paying extortionate rents

Reply to the comment left by Neil Robb at 17/10/2021 - 19:42
UC 47 has been replaced now

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-landlord-request-for-a-managed-payment-or-rent-arrears-deduction

Yes lots of Tier 1 reasons to pay direct to us but it makes little odds . The problem is those reasons are not taken heed of as we have no influence at the application stage as no one asked us...

so tenants are naturally very tempted to mask these reasons as their eyes light up when they see the prospect of cash . That coupled with the operatives who are told to actively support pay direct to the claimants means we lose out big time... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

20:47 PM, 14th October 2021, About 2 months ago

End 5 week UC wait and pay housing element directly to landlords

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/10/2021 - 09:31``I do wish to sell a lot of my properties & only a month ago met the MP & one subject was him approaching his contacts in the house buying department of the Council to buy 30 of my houses to start with``
My council is buying up . I have sold them studios to 3 beds . But they will only buy vacant . The hypocrisy is astounding . I say will you buy with a tenant in situ so not to disrupt them and make them homeless . They say No we only want vacant ones so we can fill it with a homeless family !!!. I say let me get this straight you want me to evict a family and their kids and disrupt their whole lives and you put them in B&B and then the next day house another different family in it who is already in a B&B.
They wont answer that direct question but the answer is in effect Yes . Its a sick merry go round Its just to look good in their quotas. I say I wont do it it does not make sense and its a barbaric and a cruel policy .
So as a result - i only sell a property to them which comes vacant naturally or the ones who are happy to be evicted as their goal is to get a council house... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

9:28 AM, 14th October 2021, About 2 months ago

Tenants - This is probably the second joint biggest reason why you can't get a house and why you're paying extortionate rents

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/10/2021 - 08:28
What we need is a a dozen moles to pretend to act as new tenants claiming benefits with a secret camera and send them through the process of claiming and expose all the flaws . They could all go in to the JC interview with a different kind of Tier 1 issue and share that with the JC staff and see then if they tick the `pay to LL`s`box . I know that they don't tick it and are taught to only do that as a last resort because the GOV want to try to work it this way and give them the skills to manage their own money . Its a good thought of course and in an ideal world yes - but totally totally impracticable because a lot of humans lie and cheat and cover stuff up when they see the opportunity to get £750 free cash in their hands as Christmas is coming up and they have kids mouths to feed and presents to buy

TV crews out there I`m available to be that mole. I fancy a career change . Just pay me the 100K I`ve lost over the years of taxpayers money which has been paid to tenants who call me from Spain saying sorry Jon I will sort that out when I`m back from my stag night. I know Ive done bad but you know how it is when i get those notes in my hand i just cant help myself . Sorry mate I will try to make it up next month...... Read More

Jonathan Clarke

9:03 AM, 14th October 2021, About 2 months ago

End 5 week UC wait and pay housing element directly to landlords

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/10/2021 - 08:27Your totally right . I look at why sometimes and I can only think of two plausible theories ( there will be more reasons but I`m so blind with internal rage i probably don't see it lol )
1) PRS went from maybe 2% of the market to 20% in the last 20 years thanks to BTL mortgages becoming mainstream. We have too much power proportionally. You are the biggest HB LL in Nottingham so imagine you on a whim said enough is enough and sold up and served sec 21`s on all your tenants today along with say 5 mates who were well into HB as well and thought the same . You could between you ( I'm guessing ) have 500 sec 21`s landing on the councils desks in which they have to find accommodation for 500 families in the next 56 days under the Homelessness Reduction Act ) It would be a nightmare for them and they would go into meltdown . But rather than work with us they are trying to squeeze us out of the sector all together ( along with sec 24 ) and go back to council houses and the like before they were all sold off . Look at Fergus Wilson in Kent with his 800 units or so. He went a bit rogue and I can understand councils up and down the land saying we have to put a stop to the PRS growing strength. But we are saying work with us work with us but they dont ( see 2nd reason ) I like you have met with my chief housing exec to explain the problem . I have gone to the LL`s meeting. I said put me on a steering committee to see how we can resolve it together. They just shun the idea and do it themselves . They then come up with their Golden Hello schemes and the like and i can see the flaws in it straight away and shout why the hell dodnt you ask me before spending another 50K setting up a new task forces. They just dont listen
2) The staff turnover is so great as they are desperate employers and cant manage people effectively . The newbies get overwhelmed and are totally inexperienced . They just cant cope .I`ve lost count of the ones who i have to teach over the phone about Tier 1 and Tier 2 and what a breach of a tenancy is etc . They cant see that a herion addict is not going to declare that at the JC interview . But if they picked up a phone and asked me for a references I would tell them. Other people take references before they take someone on and pay them a £750 pcm wage ( rent in their case ) so why don't they . They just don't know what they don't know so they just crack giving money to a crack head who holds it together for 10 mins when interviewed . They keep on making mistakes left right and center over an over again then it all comes too much and they crack up and leave. We suffer the tenants suffer the taxpayer suffers . Its a closed mentality by them which says we got to be right so lets bunker down not speak to LL`s as we have the power and can cut off someone benefits at the click of a button . They simply give up caring
And grumpy old men like us becomes their worst nightmare . But we have tried being nice and it hasn't worked so we may well take our money and run and leave it to others to fight their own battles . Then when we are 80 years they will come back and ask us to sit on a newly formed random committee in the Lords about some Housing Reform Bill
And we were say - Sorry mate I`m busy :-)... Read More