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Tens of thousands of vulnerable people across the UK are being forced to live in unregulated housing that subject tenants to filthy conditions, rat infestations and even murders as part of a system that allows landlords to exploit them, The Independent has learned.
Figures show a recent surge in homeless people with nowhere else to turn being offered a form of shared supported housing known as “exempt accommodation”, which guarantees the owner full rent paid directly from each tenant’s benefits, with no official safeguards on standards or safety.
More than 27,500 people are living in exempt accommodation across seven UK cities alone – a figure that has surged by 92 per cent in just four years, as social housing and affordable private rented accommodation has become increasingly difficult to obtain, according to research by the Spring Housing Association charity.
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We know there's a national beds-in-sheds problem, exacerbated by the illegal immigrants coming in daily (39 dead in a lorry 2 weeks ago, now another lorry load discovered yesterday, no doubt the tip of the iceberg), a failure by government departments.These unfortunates are in fear of their lives and being deported, so feel they have no rights and dare not complain. What is irresponsible of the press is to tar us all with the same brush.I cannot imagine any of these beds-in-sheds merchants being on Tribes.
"Experience is a good school, but the fees are high."
We are very proud of the way we run our properties and have a very good relationship with tenants and spend our life upping the standrds and hence we do very nicely. We are desperately undermined, as are all good landlords by seriously crap properties and exploitative landlords. I would like tighter inspections from a better funded more pro-active council departments. The penalties must be serious and probably made a charge on the properties as many such landlords are beyond slippery. A rewarded whistle blower scheme will do half the work!
I want to be able to say I am a landlord with some pride not presented by Corbyn as a mean crook, exploiting rather that contributing to housing availaility.
Well got that off my chest!
In a world where the population has grown 8 fold over past 200 yrs - there is now a surplus of billions of workers for whom automation/computerisation means there are no paid jobs - hence the increase in economic migration - the rest ie beds in sheds etc are just symptoms of that underlying malaise.
Good Landlords are being forced out of the market due to Taxation
so the result is less homes to rent
Tenants then become homeless and arrive on the steps of the council
Councils then bring in a Licence scheme which make more Landlords sell up
You could not make this up
This is an absolutely outrageous state of affairs.Decent landlords are being deterred from the sector, forcing local authorities to use any accommodation they can, which is costing the tax payer far more than if there were small landlords providing accommodation. Standards of accommodation for tenants decline rapidly once they are into this area of "temporary" or "exempt" accommodation.At the Landlord Investment Show in London earlier this week, there were three London boroughs there trying to find properties and private landlords and offering all sorts of incentives. I spoke to people on all three stands about the length of their housing waiting lists, and none of the people there knew!You really couldn't make up what George Osborne and this Government have done to a sector that - overall - functioned well! It's the tenants who ultimately suffer because ethical landlords are driven away and the rogues/criminals cash in. They probably don't even pay the right amount of tax either. It makes my blood boil!
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I`ve got a nice little studio in a small block of 7 units in a lovely old building
The council have put a vulnerable tenant in a flat they now control within this block
And the lives of other tenants has been ruined
Police and ambulances turn up at all times of the night. Noise , abuse , mess
My tenant is leaving precisely because of the councils decision to place that tenant there
My next e mail will be to them this morning to complain
I`m quite happy to be regulated and checked and scrutinised . Its only right and fair
As long as the same accredited independent body does the same to them
And as long as its not a paper exercise and they carry through on their powers
Councils are sometimes the worst offenders.
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
I have been bitten on the backside too many times trying to give some people the benefit of doubt, the sad truth is, some people do not deserve to be housed - if they have no respect for themselves, they are most certainly not going to respect your property or those around them..
I so agree with you its a complicated homeless sector
There for the grace of god ect
But there are some cases which need professional support which is far above the pay grade of a Private Landlord
I was in Newcastle City Center last week the first time in years and I saw homeless all over the place
I know it was not like this years ago we always had the Old Tramp who lived there lives on the road But its very different now
we live in interesting times
as always its tenant selection that is key
I`ve got many good tenants on benefits - i select as carefully as a i can
the council do not . they do not have the luxury of time , nor the training to interview that i have
They also have to house them somewhere where as i dont .
I can be selective but they cannot so much
So the odds are stacked are weighed against them and as a result i have some sympathy for them
So the council is not really bad most of the time but not really good either at selection
they just muddle along . its not their money so they are not so intense as i am in getting it right
i like to think I`m pretty good or at least try to be .
But some LL`s of course will be bad and thats where we all suffer as they bring our reputation down
the trouble is within a month or two any good tenant can become bad through no fault of anyone
Ive just had one . lovely polite couple with young child . he had a very well paid job
relationship went down hill . she left with their child
and he just went off the scale - suddenly nothing to live for . His old demons kicked in
Reverted to his old self which hadnt manifested itself in 4 years since that seemingly steady relationship
I wouldnt have had a clue about the deep past unless i had the powers of MI5 to investigate
It can happen to anyone unfortunately - DSS or working
But when you know they are vulnerable at the outset then they should be sited appropriately
The council in my view tend to put the ones they want to get off their books in the first available let
Little DD . They want to tick the box and lessen their workload
if a loud brash family takes twice at much more time up of their working day and is always on their back than someone who is quiet and respectful and doesn't complain.....
Human nature unfortunately says get shot of that loud brash one first .
Its wrong of course - but it happens daily
As you say, the council are required to house people. They aren't required to provide them with (adequate) support.
But it's the case that some people need more than just housing, they need support - whether that's physical, mental or educational. Health authorities and councils just don't have the resources to provide it though. Hence we end up with vulnerable people being put in inappropriate housing and left to themselves which inevitably causes problems for others.
If issues were addressed more at the source it could save so much in knock-on problems and costs. In your example, imagine the vulnerable person was either given regular support or housed in a supported community - how much would that save the police, the ambulance service; how much more productive and happy would your tenants be without the stress; how much paperwork would the council have saved; not to mention your own time, effort and stress?
The support costs would come from the councils budget though, someone else is paying for all the rest! Councils are cash strapped, having had central government contributions reduced or removed, so they don't get much choice!
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