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Labour is putting the housing crisis front and centre of its local elections campaign with a powerful broadcast featuring those struggling with the cost of living.
The "Housing Matters" film is being broadcast, with voters set to go to the polls across the country on 3rd May.
The party political broadcast features interviews with people recounting their experiences of the housing crisis, including a support worker who was forced to serve an eviction notice to a woman who had recently suffered a miscarriage.'Blood Up The Walls': Labour Targets Housing Crisis In Stark New Video Unfortunately, I was unable to embed the video here, so you will have to click on the above link to watch it. It really focusses on the dark underbelly of renting in the UK using the most emotive of situations.It is highly critical of landlords with claims of deposits being withheld for no reason, no maintenance being undertaken, cockroach infestations, and one landlord claiming £3K per month rent for a sub-standard HMO.Local authorities already have far reaching enforcement powers to stop such sub-standard properties being rented out, so I can only assume that these powers are not being used to stop the rogue element?It was very sad to see an Army veteran suffering from PTSD to be out on the streets. Some stills from the video:SEE ALSO - PRS to win Labour the next election - ShelterUP NEXT - Labour Party political broadcast DON'T MISS - The Rentier Economy - the PRS under Labour NOW WATCH:
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Now you can see why I have concerns for the PRS
When Labour come to power I can see us facing large hurdles
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Nobody can believe that these examples are representative of the PRS as a whole.
Clearly it is outrageous that some of these conditions exist.
It surely cannot be believed that anything needs to change.
It just needs the councils to do their job of enforcing existing legislation which is more than sufficient to cope with these terrible conditions.
It is pointless trying to invent the wheel again.
It just needs councils to do their job.
Inventing all sorts of stupid licencing schemes does address the fundamental issue of existing legislation being enforced.
Councils should stop wasting time and money on all these stupid licensing schemes and just start enforcement of existing and perfectly adequate legislation.
I think some commentators are missing the point. Marxists hate capital - property law could become rough justice under the next Labour government who will be elected possibly before 2022 dependent upon Brexit outcome.
Councils won't take action. Primarily because the landlord just hays to say he needs the property empty to do the works as such the council becomes liable for rehousing the tenants, a) the councils don't have the property or emergency housing available, b) in many areas the really poor housing has a disproportionate number of difficult tenants, substance abuse / mental health issues etc. Councils don't want these tenants anymore than I do (or many other decent landlords) as they tend to be difficult to deal with and expensive. There have been several schemes in my area trying to rehouse such tenants on the pretence of their being extensive back up from social services / council etc if landlords take them. no one I know takes part.
Secondly, allowing such properties to continue provides all the ammunition councils need to attack landlords and lobby for ever greater revenue raising powers.