Revenge Eviction or was the landlord right?

by Mark Alexander

8:17 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Revenge Eviction or was the landlord right?

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Revenge Eviction or was the landlord right?

Please take a close look at this picture in Shelter’s latest propaganda (below).

Have a look at the walls and the blinds!

Would you live like this?

Clearly this mother has very little self respect and hasn’t touched any cleaning products for years.

Was the property like this when she moved in? If so why did she move in?

Even if that’s all she can afford, and it was in that state on day one, surely she would want to clean it up for the health of her child if nothing else?

These are the pictures that are being shown to our MP’s to influence licensing. If we want to stop the likes of Shelter from getting away with this ludicrous propaganda then landlords need to be asking the right questions so that people take a step back and think before they dig deep into their pockets to pay more.

For the record, if I found one of my tenants was living in these conditions I would evict, and probably report the mother to social services too. Now if that deserves the tag of “revenge eviction” I plead guilty.

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Mark Alexander

10:08 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mandy Thomson" at "31/10/2014 - 10:03":

Are you referring to Doreen's story?

Alan Rogers

10:17 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Hi, How many mistakes can you see with the picture, not only is it misrepresenting the vast majority of landlords but lots of mistakes in the picture.

N S

10:20 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Obviously this is a mock up - but I think that there definitely are cases where problems of mould etc are because of "structural" problems with the house that the landlord should fix. I am obsessive about cleanliness and I once rented a period property where almost as soon as I turned my back on the bathroom having bleached it, it would have a new film of mould - because there was such poor ventilation. There was also so much mould in the bedroom that I had to throw out some of my clothes, handbags because they became mouldy - no matter how much I left windows open to ventilate etc there were real structural problems with the insulation etc. I reported this to the landlord a squillion times, but they weren't prepared to fix the ventilation problems that would sort it. Sometimes it is almost impossible to keep a place free of mould and rot where there is not proper ventilation and the house is in poor structural condition. I moved out - but for many low income earners there is little choice of what they can rent - and it is not easy and its expensive to move.

I am surprised that you consider that it should be the tenants responsibility to fix up problems that the landlord should be responsible for. It should not be the tenants responsibility to paint the walls/remove peeling wallpaper or re-grout if there is mould - that is clearly a landlord's responsibility. I have rented enough to know that there are many dodgy landlords out there - and many low income earners who are at their mercy....

John Constant

10:20 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

I agree Joe, but the fixtures and fittings don't look like UK fixtures and fittings and neither does the plumbing. If this property is real, my guess is that it is not in the UK, which makes a bit of a mockery of the campaign.

Mark Alexander

10:21 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "David Carter" at "31/10/2014 - 10:08":

We do indeed, check out my latest article, linked below
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Mandy Thomson

10:29 AM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "31/10/2014 - 10:08":

Yep, that's the one! Harsh but true!

For the record, I would like to state that I don't for one minute believe EVERYONE claiming benefit - for whatever reason - is like this, and from what I understand of Mary Latham, from reading her comments, she certainly wouldn't condemn someone claiming benefit for legitimate reasons either. At the end of the day, almost any one of us could find themselves in that position.

Having said that, as we all know, there is a minority of claimants who are on benefit because they can get it, simply by knowing what to tell the DWP.

All BankersAreBarstewards Smith

17:04 PM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Quote from the film of Doreen's experiences...

"I gets so exhausted just taking the cheque out of the envelope" - nearly fell off my chair laughing..... brilliant bit of satire.......

do watch it .......

Eviction Group

18:49 PM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "31/10/2014 - 10:21":

In reply to David and Marks comments it is entirely correct that the bigger the lobby on this or any subject the greater the chance of success.

A strong united voice may at least possibly provoke " A Question In The House" and raise the profile of the issue.

I was asked this afternoon by a client
"Why is there such an imbalance in the law towards the tenant" (exact words). I suggested they raise the matter with their MP, and will continue to do so when asked the same question.

All BankersAreBarstewards Smith

19:46 PM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

All my non-property chums cannot believe that my rent from 6 months ago is now being clawed back because of the tenant's refusal to cooperate - the look of horror on their faces and the injustice they perceive in this makes me realise how those of us who have accepted LHA tenants have become so accustomed to this appalling theft - for that is what it is - that we no longer can see the absurd illegality of it.....

I have appealed to my council against this clawback - by recorded delivery - and have had no response....

Any suggestions as to what is the best way forward for me now - how do I try to recoup this clawed back rent ?

The bailiffs will take care of the tenant....

Eviction Group

19:54 PM, 31st October 2014
About 6 years ago

Did the council quote any legislation that they were acting under? What mechanism did they use to physically recoup the funds? Or have they just asked you politely to repay it??

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