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  • Property-a-holics

    Generation Rent - masters of spin



    Amazing the story you can weave to suit your argument ....

    Rogue landlords who rent out homes which fail to meet basic health and safety will be receive more than £12bn in housing benefit payments – enough money to build half a million new homes.

    Currently around £2.5bn is paid annually to landlords who rent out properties which the government classifies as “non-decent.” Such properties are categorized as having inadequate heating, outdated sanitation, be in a state of serious disrepair or be unsafe. This may include having a dangerous boiler, vermin infestation or faulty wiring.

    The latest figures follow a Renters Alliance report earlier this year that nearly a third privately rented properties fail to meet government-defined minimum housing standards. More than 750,000 homes in London alone having a category one housing hazard, the most dangerous type.

    Full/source article 

    Hmmmm!  So why aren't councils enforcing their far-reaching powers to shut down such properties?

    The reason is that they have nowhere else to put these tenants!

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    Councils need to work with these mostly not rogue LL but very undercapitalised ones.

    They lack the funding capability to improve to council standards.

    So why not an IO free loan or grant to being the rental home to required council standards?

    Attach the loan or grant to the title deeds with the LL agreement.

    So when the LL sells the council recovers the monies.

    It would be a lot cheaper for councils to assist LL than force them out of business as then of course the council has to house the tenants! !

    But as advised there isn't anywhere for the councils to put homeless tenants!

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    You are right.

    I would love to do lots of things to a lot of my places to improve them but frankly these days, after tax and the ever increasing list of other costs, there is very little left to play with.

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    That's why "beds in sheds" exist, to some extent also why HMOs are popular.
    Low quality housing is cheaper & accessible to people filling the gap where Housing Associations & Councils used to be.
    The lack of housing means rents are high compared to incomes, meaning many resort to living in HMOs for the cheaper costs than the expense of flats or homes.

    I don't see that as "real" though "More than 750,000 homes in London alone having a category one housing hazard" if the council finds a hazard they give them X days to fix, or take action to get it fixed and bill the landlord. They don't sit around there powers on this are very strong.

    Putting that aside though - this article is arguing that before LHA/Universal Credit is paid the property should be inspected by HHSRS & be up to minimum standard..
    ... Do any of us disagree with that?
     Its a hassle, disadvantage LHA tenants but I don't.

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    Currently around £2.5bn is paid annually to landlords who rent out properties which the government classifies as “non-decent.” Such properties are categorized as having inadequate heating, outdated sanitation, be in a state of serious disrepair or be unsafe. This may include having a dangerous boiler, vermin infestation or faulty wiring.

    Or it may just mean that the bathroom or kitchen is old. The standard requires

    1. it must meet the current statutory minimum standard for housing
    2.  it must be in a reasonable state of repair
    3. it must have reasonably modern facilities and services
    4. it must provide a reasonable degree of thermal comfort

    Kitchens are supposed to be 20 years old or less, bathrooms 30 years old or less. My flat in Reading now has a kitchen that is 22 years old, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it. It was well looked after - at least for the first 18 years when I was living there.

    The thermal comfort includes a SAP of 55 or better, i.e. EPC D or better.

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    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story

    BTL Landlords are blamed for every thing in the housing sector

    I am surprised we have been blamed for us leaving the EU

    we get it in the neck for everything else

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    Perhaps because a lot of people think leaving the EU is a good thing.

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    Possibly Peter

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.