PRS investigation seeks views of tenants
11/09/2012 12:56 pm
But clearly such views are not wanted by IH!
Whilst I appreciate the reigning in of errant postings preventing comment on items such as this flies in the face of common sense.
In case there are any tenants who would like to share their views with the sector via IH, as well as the Assembly, here is the article copied for that purpose:
Tenants are being asked to share their experiences of renting from private landlords as part of a London Assembly investigation.
The London Assembly’s housing and regeneration committee is throughout the autumn investigating conditions in the private rented sector.
It will look at the PRS, and compare it to other sectors in terms of security of tenure, tenant rights and responsibilities, quality, standards and flexibility.
It intends to look at ways of improving the PRS and to examine the record of mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Labour’s Len Duvall, chair of the committee, said: ‘The mayor says he wants to improve standards in the private rented sector, but the time for words is over.
‘We intend to push the mayor towards delivering practical solutions that will make a genuine difference to improve the quality of life of thousands of Londoners.’
The committee says it is keen to hear from people who have rented from private landlords, they are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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11/09/2012 1:46 pm
Chris - you know why no comments are allowed. It is because the London Assembly, headed up by Labour, is looking to discredit the Conservative mayor. I wonder who will be paying for this exercise.
It is doomed to be unconstructive. The majority of PRS tenants will be happy in their homes, will be blissfully unaware of this political stunt and not voice their opinion. Likely the only contributors will be those who hate PRS, those who love PRS, and those who are motivated by political reasons. I'd say mostly the first and last category.
It will not be objective because the aim is already clear in the stated purpose - to discredit the idea that the PRS provides good quality housing, in prime locations, at a rent which has been agreed to voluntarily by both parties. It will produce propaganda focusing on a few rogue landlords to tar the whole sector, trying to justify claims the mayor has failed, and to justify extra controls and licensing which will not stop the rogue landlords, but will mean politicians can fleece off profits from successful PRS providers to spend on pork-barrelling.
Censoring debate is pretty shameful though. IH should not be proud of itself for blocking comments. I thought we lived in the UK, but its more like a 'democratic republic' these days. How long before this thread is destroyed?
11/09/2012 1:53 pm
I'd like to hear from a range of PRS tenants. It has been useful hearing from some of the less vitriolic landlords, and it would be good to hear more. And not just from the skewed city, but from across the board too.
Yes, you are right Jono - it is all politics, but that's politics for you. What a shame IH are not using their facility to cut through some of that as a platform for tenant opinion, landlord opinion, as well as those working in the sector (oh, and not forgetting the clingons, who claim a housing interest in order to justify peddling the sort of persistant side views that has caused IH to introduce such strident measures!)
But at least the forums remain open for debate.
Inside Housing staff post
12/09/2012 12:30 pm
We're not blocking or censoring comments, all we've done is reduce the number of news stories that people are invited to comment on. Feel free to start discussions such as this one if you feel there are issues raised in stories that you'd like to discuss in more detail. As long as they don't breach our normal guidelines they won't be removed. That way the people who want to chat can come here to do so, and the people who just want to read the news can do the same.
12/09/2012 1:17 pm
Fair enough, and I for one appreciate some of the positive effects, but if such matters as tenant views are now only going to be open for debate in the forums perhaps the forums thread bar needs to be moved back to the top of the page where there is more chance of the threads being noticed.
On the final point, the comments beneath the article do not prevent people from reading the article and ignoring the comments; but the lack of comment opportunity beneath an article means that comments are excluded, and not all the comments are 'chat'. Wasn't it only recently on a comment thread that a tenant identified a major loophole in the bedroom tax fiasco - hardly just 'chat'.
12/09/2012 2:14 pm
I've been renting privately for the last three and half years, in the three different houses. All landlords have been helpful, never had any problems that weren't resolved swiftly (although I guess in a couple of instances if it had been my house it might have been sorted sooner).
We've lived in places we couldn't afford to buy (or wanted to), we've got a young family so our needs have changed considerably - hence the moves. We're now in the catchment area of the best school in the area. We might consider buying in a couple of years, but for now the PRS offers the best choice.
I'd be interested to hear other people's opinions too, good and bad.
12/09/2012 2:32 pm
Thanks for the view John, and good luck with the aspiration to become more settled in future, especially regarding the children, who I am sure will benefit from the improved stability of not having to move every year.
12/09/2012 3:39 pm
Thanks Chris. Not sure I agree with you on the stability front though. We've found the ability to move easily (and much more cheaply than if we were buying) as our needs change very helpful. No doubt others will have different experiences.
Would be different if we were moving further affield and away from friends/support networks etc. I appreciate we're lucky in that respect.