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  • Property-a-holics

    What causes homelessness in the UK?

    "With a shortage of social housing.,.."

    Dozey GR should have just stopped there and asked why that is and what the Govt is doing about it.

    But oh no, them and 'Shelter' can't stop themselves taking cheap digs at LLs.

    Were both these groups set up by Govt to deflect Joe Publics gaze on how they've stuffed up on social housing provision for multiple decades now?

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    All over the country, people are being put up in smelly, rundown private hotels and B&Bs due to a lack of social housing stock. And in Glasgow the taxpayer has to pay £316 a week – that's £1370 a calendar month – for the privilege.

    Full/source article

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    Are these " rundown private hotels and B&Bs " exempt from basic standards of housing, does anyone know?

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    There is simply just too many people chasing too few properties. Supply and demand means that prices to either buy or rent wil keep increasing in popular areas, as prices rise some who rent will choose to cash in, this will displace those unable to buy into the local market, if the property purchaser is someone moving into the area then there is a net loss of housing per head.

    As ever the less fortunate in society are the ones squeezed out of a home. The UK embarked on an open door policy regarding immigration, what ever else your opinion , running alongside this there needed to be a plan for housing provision, there was’nt one.

    Sec24 makes no difference to the number of homes available in the country aside from those that may have been bought from developers new builds, but there is plenty of demand from the home ownership sector which has been boosted by help to buy, so the supply is being bought by different people.however its good news to those with home owning aspirations. As a result it can be spun as good news that btl is being curtailed along with more people able to buy their own home.

    Homelessness is purely a result of insufficient social housing provision and the countries north/south bias. As a nation it seems unlikely we can afford to house all those in the south east that want social housing, and to do so would only stoke demand. Though whilst i have no issue with turning away those that wish to move into the southeast/london looking for social housing its a whole other matter shipping people out to other areas.

    Thanet in east kent has considerable housbuilding in progress , much of it alledgedly funded by parnerships between housing associations and london boroughs desperate to provide housing at reasonable cost. That there is no parallel effort to bring jobs to the area is likely to lead to greater pressures in the future.

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    "Though whilst i have no issue with turning away those that wish to move into the southeast/london looking for social housing its a whole other matter shipping people out to other areas."

    Social housing in expensive areas should be allocated to workers first, not shirkers. Unfortunately if you're giving nothing back but just taking then you really shouldn't be in an expensive area that someone who is working in has to travel a long way to get to.

    "Thanet in east kent has considerable housbuilding in progress , much of it alledgedly funded by parnerships between housing associations and london boroughs desperate to provide housing at reasonable cost. That there is no parallel effort to bring jobs to the area is likely to lead to greater pressures in the future."

    And therein lies the ultimate problem. Other than Zero Hour Contract type McJobs what is really being created? Poverty, but just in new build housing.

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    LHA cap/OBC cuts are forcing thousands of poorer households to vacate London/SE.

    A change of address triggers a new UC claim - typically with a cessation of all benefit for some weeks.

    Those living just outside London do not benefit from cheap housing - yet OBC was cut by £6000 pa in Nov 2016.

    That means a clear decision by Gvt to socially cleanse the SE.

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    I broadly agree with your points, but what happens to those displaced under the big redevlopment schemes being undertaken, peope lose their homes during the build phase , where do they go? Then we hear reports of there being fewer units for social housing in the new developments under the social/private agreements, and that the rents in the social units are much higher than the old rents. 

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    I understand your point about where do the people go, but how else can the properties be re-developed, and unless the rents rise, how can the costs of re-development be returned?

    It all goes back to how can adequate housing be provided cheaply, and in volume. No-one has come up with a solution yet afaik.

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