9:20 AM, 15th July 2019, About 2 years ago 4
The private rented sector in England is not fit for purpose, failing both landlords and tenants according to some left wing reports.
The general thrust appears to be that Private Sector Landlords should evict perfectly good tenants who have been in their house for years and re-let to tenants on benefits because they need a home. Well they may need a home, but so do the established tenants in situation.
It is said that 18% of tenants are on Housing Benefit so it follows 82% are not on Housing Benefit. It is said that four out five landlords do not take tenants on Benefits. Well look at the statistics. It may well be that the reason is related to the Delivery of Housing Benefit! The Councils up and down the Country and Central Government need to get their kit together.
A major factor is that Councils say we have a backlog of work. You will have to take your place in the queue! Along comes four other prospective tenants and the PRS takes one of those.
I have a message for the Secretary for State for Housing, James Brokenshire. Jimmy old chap sort out the Delivery of Housing Benefit such that it matches the non-HB tenant time scale.
Provide a Deposit Scheme that processes applications for tenants on HB within one hour. Then provide the Deposit by transferring to Agents within one hour.
If you cannot do that then Central Government will continue to fail people on Housing Benefit.
Be clear Jimmy. It is Central Government that must sort this out! The PRS does not have a “Duty of Care” towards people on Housing Benefit. It is the Local Council that has the Duty of Care. So how can the Private Sector be at fault?
It is very clear that the Councils in the South-East cannot process in due time as they lack manpower to deal with the back log. So Jimmy, I suggest you provide specific funding to overcome this.
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