Paul Shears

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Paul Shears

1:37 AM, 12th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Pros vs Cons of having UC tenants?

Reply to the comment left by Paul Shears at 12/10/2019 - 00:36
I refer you to my previous remarks regarding the work of Professor Jordan Peterson of Toronto University and others which repeatedly confirms that anyone with an IQ of 83 or less can never be anything other than a net burden in a first world country.
I also suggest you take a look at "McNamara's folly" wherein the consequences of failing to face up to this unpleasant reality (What is "claimed" rather than what I believe the author Hamilton Gregory, Lyndon Johnson, or McNamara himself actually believed), and which absolutely no one wants to hear, were more immediate than is tolerated in civilian life.
My own subjective experience caused me to draw the same conclusion and continues to do so daily.
In any event, the tasks that these people attempt to complete are dumbed down to the point where they are being replaced by a string of ones and zeros at an increasing pace.
It is apparent to me that the requirement for autonomous independent judgement has for decades been a decreasing one in an increasing area of society including most of the areas previously regarded as intellectually demanding.
How this is to be accommodated, if indeed it can be, in what must surely be a major change of social structure is an entirely separate matter and certainly not one that I have a solution for. But I do believe that the first thing to do is to gather reliable evidence and examine it objectively.
Individuals are just that, but groups have long been increasingly predictable.
To quote Professor Petersons own words “We have tried absolutely everything that you can possibly imagine and a great deal more that you can’t. There is absolutely nothing that works.”

I knew a previous Principal Psychologist initially of a borstal and then of Long Lartin Prison for many years. From my indirect interaction with the UK's prison service over that time, I learned that the staff regard it as a dumping ground for people that the rest of society does not want to think about. Just like our increasing population density consequences. It was the dim ones that got caught and were used as fall guys by the more intelligent ones who often never saw the inside of a prison. Many of the inmates should simply have not been there. Their only real “crime” was being unable to cope with day to day life.
Just like their counterparts not incarcerated. The prison service is simply not set up to deal with these people and neither is the world outside prison.
The staff often referred to the institution as "Her Majesty's Hotel Service".
Just like our homeless or those virtually so and living in rent-a-coffins – what is now regarded as the successful middle class young.
Up to their eyeballs in the great education scam debt and with absolutely no skills to offer a market place which, in turn, has a reducing need for those that do.

It seems to me that the establishment proposed below, and an increasing number of others throughout first world countries, is a cheaper version of the same thing. A holding tank for the duration of incarceration before they leave and then return.
An endless cycle of poverty, ignorance and hopelessness.

Richmond upon Thames council plans via a homeless people's charity to convert a local hotel/motel into a housing project.
Local residents are shocked the council waived local planning guidelines on size of units, parking provision & communal space.
The scheme will see tenants in hotel rooms of approx. 16m2.No communal space for cooking, no laundry facilities, no warden & no outdoor space for recreation other than a car park at the front of property. Each tenant will have a separate lease for up to 2 years. (presumably they then return to the park bench or are forced to move to another rent-a-coffin.
If my own very wealthy area, cramming two strangers into a "converted" garage id now perfectly officially acceptable providing you can afford the £600/month rent. Otherwise t's back to the recycled tax fund you go or the park bench.
Do any of these people understand the underlying current reality or where it is going? Well certainly very few indeed that I know.... Read More

Paul Shears

19:25 PM, 7th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Pros vs Cons of having UC tenants?

The "system" will continue to collapse and people increasingly attack one another.
My thoughts here, in an improved world, (A fantasy giving the increasing amount) is a minimum wage which will only be paid ON CONDITION THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK IN ANY OCCUPATION THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED IN ANY WAY POTENTIALLY PRODUCTIVE TO SOCIETY.
The brutal reality is that these people are incapable of being anything other than a net burden in a first world country as the problems of normal day to day life is quite beyond them.
Start not by asking how things might change in an ideal world. Rather start by asking what is actually possible.
There is absolutely nothing that can be done with these people except to look after them.... Read More

Paul Shears

9:34 AM, 4th October 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Pros vs Cons of having UC tenants?

I would rather have an indefinite void than take a tenant whose ability to pay rent eas dependendent on a government or employer process. It's absolutely out of the question for me. If necessary I would sell the property which would yield absolutely no potential to provide accomodation for these people or come anywhere near a first or second time buyer.... Read More

Paul Shears

9:40 AM, 25th September 2019
About 4 weeks ago

Appropriate timing for renewal of 6 month leases?

Reply to the comment left by Tony Hodge at 25/09/2019 - 08:55
A reasonable annual rent increase, in my opinion, is always justified. I base my rent increases on the local market and I always inform my tenants of this. It only takes a few minutes on the internet to check the truth of my claim. Nothing is ever said. If you don't do this, and have long term tenants, you will end up being the cheapest landlord in the country.... Read More

Paul Shears

22:28 PM, 17th September 2019
About a month ago

Agent responsibilities for turning off electrical equipment?

Reply to the comment left by Michael at 17/09/2019 - 20:44
That is an absolutely huge daily consumption of electricity and there is something seriously wrong here. I would want to establish just exactly what was left on. I would check the power consumption of the radiator myself. I think you need to get some hard facts directly rather than go through an agent.... Read More