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  • Buy-to-Let

    Prince William vows to tackle rogue landlords

    Also the derelict property they looked round had been empty for years as they are being knocked down for new housing, very deceptive!!

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    Stephen Coles Dip RLPM

    Coles Property Management

    32 Lune Grove

    Blackpool

    FY1 5LE

    01253 291816

    07967 561210

    Spin indeed

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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.

    Surely slum landlords exist because some people just can’t afford anything else. So the only way to get rid of slum landlords is by tackling poverty. Otherwise there will always be demand for substandard accommodation.

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    The quickest and simplest way of deleting "housing poverty" per se would be to increase LHA at least back to the original April 2008 50th percentile with monthly review/updates of actual local rents by VOA - plus mandating HB/LHA being paid direct to landlords.

    Otherwise poorer households need to supplement any LHA shortfall from other benefits.

    At same time a move back to 100% CT rebate would be a good thing for households wholly dependent on benefits.

    Medium/longer term some not truly "not for profit" social housing is also needed - but not via current HA scenario where highest paid CEO has a base salary around £550,000 pa - with 75% of that funded by the taxpayer funded HB in SRS.

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    Sorry, I don’t agree. LHA should only be given to people who hit a genuine hardship in their lives not as a lifestyle solution.

    The minimum wage should be increased to reflect the living wage, to have a more equal society.

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    Raising the min wage is fine for those who can work and are of working age.

    DWP say that 77% of the 4.7 million HB/LHA claimants are in non working households - IIRC some 28% are pensioners - with many others being disabled/chronically sick or carers for a disabled/sick partner.

    In terms of lifestyle solution - many working professionals in their 40s/50s are consigned to renting flatshares/bedsits.

    A lone parent with 1 child is entitled to the 2 bed rate of LHA - yet no self contained rentals in London/SE and many other parts of UK - are covered by current capped/frozen LHA rate - so claimant may be forced to relocate maybe hundreds of miles away to cheapest locations where not only will there be very poor job prospects - but the lone parent will still be unable to work if eg grandparents who could offer free childminding locally are now too far away.

    When a JSA/IS claimant moves in to work - there is a 65% welfare clawback applied to the net extra wage (above the JSA rate/applicable amount). Above the Tax threshold this means a job has an effective tax rate of 76.2%(65% of the 68% net).

    IDS says work pays - but that ignores commute/pension/child care costs etc etc - any one of which can mean that taking a job lowers net household income.

    Overall though - do you believe that poorer households are entitled to decent housing standards - or should poor families live in one room of a shared house as millions did for most of the 20th century?

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    I definitely want everyone to have a decent home, but I just don’t think increasing the LHA rate is the solution.

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    Only other solution is capped rents as we had 1915 to 1989 - is that what you are advocating?

    What exactly is your issue with an adequate rate of housing benefit?...noting again that most claimants are unable to work...due to age/infirmity etc.

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    Very Interesting read Dislexic_Landlord!

    It is good to see that William and Kate want to tackle the rogue landlords. Wonderful and insightful comments from everyone as always.

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    Prince William. If you are reading this, please start at home with your dear father, rouge landlord numero uno:

    I am not allowed to post links so just type this into google search 'daily express prince charles acused of rent rip off'

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