The real reason why landlords are now going to be forced to evict tenants

by Dr Rosalind Beck

11:26 AM, 30th January 2017
About 4 years ago

The real reason why landlords are now going to be forced to evict tenants

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The real reason why landlords are now going to be forced to evict tenants

In an article for the Northamptonshire Telegraph Councillor James Burton was reported as below:the real story

“The problem is one that has affected councils across the country, and Cllr James Burton (Con, All Saints) says it is not one members are taking lightly. He said: “Homelessness is happening throughout the country, not just in Kettering. It is a huge issue at the present time.

“I believe Kettering is coping and it is on the increase, there’s no doubt about that, but we have reasons for that. “We know what the reasons are and we are putting things in place hopefully to manage with that.”

Cllr Burton said one of the main reasons is people being evicted by private landlords. He added: “What they’re doing is getting people on a lower rate out and getting people on a higher rate in.”

“It’s all to do with business, but unfortunately it puts a strain because they’ve got nowhere else to go so they come to us.”

Click Here to read the full article

 

The Letter I wrote in response to this is copied here:

 

Dear Mr Burton.

It has been drawn to my attention that you have suggested that rising homelessness in Kettering is caused by private landlords evicting.  Unfortunately, you have not given the reasons why this would be so. Because you have not done this, it implies that private landlords just like to evict, or as some people suggest, that we do so in order to replace tenants with others who can pay more, as we are greedy people. In fact, the main cause of landlords evicting up till now has been when tenants have broken their tenancy agreements, often by not paying the rent and/or damaging the properties.  Most professional landlords like myself have never increased rents for tenants in situ or evicted good tenants who abide by their tenancy agreements.

You will also find, if you look into this more deeply, that the real causes of homelessness are things like drug or alcohol dependency; that is, homelessness is not ’caused’ by landlords, even if they have to evict tenants. To blame landlords for evicting tenants in breach of their agreements is rather like saying that it is an employer’s fault if she or he sacks someone who has stolen from them. This constitutes a kind of infantilisation of people and encourages the abrogation of their responsibilities for their own behaviour (and, as usual, the displacement of this responsibility onto landlords).

However, I will acknowledge that landlords are now in fact starting to evict tenants in order to raise rents; this is generally a new development as it has not been in our business interests to have unnecessary churn, which leads to voids, contrary to popular stereotype. Landlords are not, however, raising the rents in order to pocket the proceeds, but rather to pay the potentially infinite tax rates which will apply from April 2017. If you are not au fait with Section 24 of the Finance (no.2) Act 2015, I put the link here to my comprehensive report on it. You will find it enlightening and will see how this measure is going to prove catastrophic for levels on homelessness in this country.

Yours sincerely

Dr Rosalind Beck

Comments

Dr Rosalind Beck

11:03 AM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "terry sullivan" at "04/02/2017 - 10:22":

Lol

Jerry Jones

11:11 AM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

"Had quite enough of experts", eh?

Gromit

11:15 AM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dr Rosalind Beck" at "04/02/2017 - 10:03":

From UKIP's Constitution: (my emphasis)

2.5 The Party is a democratic, libertarian Party and will espouse policies which:

• promote and encourage those who aspire to improve their personal situation and those who seek to be self-reliant, whilst providing protection for those genuinely in need;
• favour the ability of individuals to make decisions in respect of themselves;
• seek to diminish the role of the State;
lower the burden of taxation on individuals and businesses;
• ensure proper control over the United Kingdom’s borders;
• strengthen and guarantee the essential, traditional freedoms and liberties of all people in the United Kingdom.

Dr Rosalind Beck

11:24 AM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Barry Fitzpatrick" at "04/02/2017 - 11:15":

Yes, Barry, but the Tories say very similar things regardless of the outrageous hypocrisy of their simultaneous treatment of us.

Lisa S

11:31 AM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Barry Fitzpatrick" at "04/02/2017 - 11:15":

Nearly all political parties say much the same thing. The reality is very different.

Gromit

15:25 PM, 4th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Given at the moment UKIP don't have a policy for PRS perhaps we can influence the shaping of sucb policy?
Doea anyone know what their policy making procedure is?

Gary Dully

2:49 AM, 10th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Barry Fitzpatrick" at "04/02/2017 - 15:25":

A quick fag and pint at the local pub, followed by a punch up,
(not sure what the men do though, I think they eat all the pies)

Always does the trick with UKIP policy meetings.

Gromit

6:56 AM, 10th February 2017
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Dully" at "10/02/2017 - 02:49":

Is that when Farage is attending???

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