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  • Buy-to-Let

    Homelessness - you ain't seen nothing yet!

    As more LL leave the PRS at what point will private LL not be blamed for everything!?

    If there was one private LL it would still be his fault!!

    The hatred ideology is akin to illogical anti-semitism.

    Just watching the tenant fees debate shows that even in Parliament the illogical venal hatred of LL is evident.

    I hope the PRS rapidly reduces..

    I want to see millions of homeless.

    Only then will it be realised that LL are part of the housing solution and not a problem.

    But it is hard to overcome illogical hatred.

    LL are up against it from the day they become one.

    Today I will be issuing a S21 to a tenant who is 3 months in rent arrears.

    I will make this tenant and his lodgers homeless unless he pays his rent arrears.

    Hardly the actions of a bad LL.

    I have bent over backwards to assist his difficult circumstances.

    I'm sure there are many other LL that give similar assistance to tenants.

    We rarely mention what we do.

    The new Creditworthiness Bill will force LL to accurately declare the true status of rent payments.

    It will be found that many LL are assisting delinquent tenants.

    It will however make it very awkward for such delinquent tenants to obtain new tenancies.

    Their poor rent payment history will not be able to be hidden by helpful LL anymore.

    LL will be forced to provide accurate rent payment information.


    From the Guardian:

    Recently, friends from around the country have remarked on a phenomenon in passing. On their streets and in their city centres – in Liverpool, Oxford, Edinburgh and Manchester – they have started noticing more homeless people huddled in doorways at night or begging outside pubs.

    Is this simply because more of us are noticing homelessness, and talking about it, where before we charged past, self-involved and wrapped up in our own troubles?

    Not according to the data: government figures show a 30% increase in the number of rough sleepers in one year. In the past five years, the number has more than doubled, rising 102% to 3,596 since 2010.

    Full/source article 

    Sadly, the journalist has once again failed to make the connection between S24 and rising homelessness. Sad


    That article is from February 2016 when S24 was still C24 and there was likely no connection between it and hamelessness.


    Data released today (31 October 2018) from the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database shows that between 1 July and 30 September 2018, 3,103 people were recorded as sleeping rough on the streets of London, 17% more than the same period in 2017 and 20% more than the period before.

    Of these: 

    -          45% were new people sleeping rough

    -          45% were intermittent (people who were seen sleeping rough before the period began at some point, and contacted in the period – but not regularly enough to be ‘living on the streets’)

    -          10% were living on the streets (those who have had a high number of contacts over 3 weeks or more). There has been a 10% reduction in these numbers compared to the same period last year.

    Homeless Link's Chief Executive, Rick Henderson, commented: 

    “It is alarming to see such a dramatic rise in the number of people sleeping rough in London compared to the same period last year, especially the number of people there for the first time. We need to ask ourselves some tough questions about why so many are finding themselves with little choice but to bed down on the streets and concerted effort is required to ensure we have an effective safety net to prevent this.

    “Sleeping rough is extremely dangerous and can seriously damage people’s health. As temperatures begin to drop, we strongly urge London’s local authorities to ensure they can provide sufficient emergency shelters over the winter, so nobody is left out in the cold.

    "Rough sleeping is not just about losing a roof over your head. It is clear that with so many new people finding themselves on the streets there are structural causes of homelessness that need to be urgently addressed. These include action on reducing poverty, the chronic shortage of low-cost housing and ensuring everyone is supported by the welfare system.

    "This is why we welcomed the Government's recent rough sleeping strategy and the Homelessness Reduction Act. Now we must see them both implemented swiftly and effectively so we can reverse these figures by preventing rough sleeping along with increased investment in support services and low-cost permanent housing so we can end homelessness for good.

    “Members of the public can play their part. Anyone concerned about someone sleeping rough in London this winter should contact StreetLink via https://www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914 and help connect them with the local services that can help them leave homelessness behind.”

    The Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database reports can be found at: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/chain-reports



    31 people have died whilst in temporary accommodation provided by Brighton and Hove City Council in the last 2 years. 5 died in the same place in the space of 2 months. last summer Of the 31 that died 14 died of natural causes 6 from multiple health problems 3 from drugs and 3 from suicide.The remaining 6 are not known.The council currently houses 493 households in emergency accommodation and 1,600 households in long term tempoary accomodation,Some have now been in my properties for over 7 years


    In 2017 the number of rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove increased from 78 to 144  with  17 (unnecessary according to medical experts ) deaths

    We now have the second highest homeless population in the country after Westminster


    I think I read somewhere that there are 800,000 empty properties in the UK.  So much untapped potential.  In a proper functioning society no one should be homeless.  It is a national disgrace.

    There is an interesting read on the Guardian website.  Search for "What can the UK learn from how Finland solved homelessness?"


    Nearer 600,000 empty properties but only 1/3rd longer than 6 months.

    Many empty ones will be in places where people do not want to live.

    2 yrs back a HA in Horden SR8 sold 170 x 3 bed houses for that reason - av sale price around £17,000 per unit.

    That begs question - when DWP say 77% of HB/LHA claimants are in non working households - why is taxpayer funding rents in the South when they could buy such properties in the North and house LHA claimants far cheaper?


    I take no pleasure in being proven right.  And we still have a year to go.

    When will the policy makers listen and engage with those of us in the industry that can help as opposed to vilifying us and trying to tax us into oblivion.

    I was in Manchester last week for a 40th and it’s disgusting how many homeless there are.
    Every few steps.

    I go to Liverpool and Manchester City centres a few times a year and every time it’s getting worse.   The worst of S24 hasn’t even kicked in yet.  As the title of the post states, you ain’t seen nothing yet.