Comment on: Shelter: End letting agency fees
Sometimes i wonder if Shelter have any grasp at all on the real world? They do do some good things but this seems very ill informed to me. One of the biggest issues i have is independant landlords in the private sector who have no idea what they are doing, this leads to unprotected deposits, poor conditions and invalid notices as well as unfair terms in AST's (amongst other things) if you force agents out of the market (which is basically what shelter are proposing) then this will only increase. Yes i know not all agents know what they are doing and i also get frustrated with the high fees BUT the majority of reputable ones can do their jobs and ensure that at least properties are safe and the legalities are done properly. If it is done in the right way i think regulation / licencing may well be the way forward but not banning fees altogether, that is just crazy, at least to my eyes.
Comment on: Tenants asked to sign ‘ambition plans’
My home is linked to my ability to obtain and maintain employment, if i am not employed i can not pay my mortgage and will loose my home. I understand why this has got some peoples knickers in a twist but it is a way of encouraging people to gain employment (if they do not already have it) and for those who can become less dependant on the tax payer to become so. As long as the availablity of jobs is taken into account (at a reasonable wage) and this is customised to each tenant i do not see a problem
Comment on: Knowsley saves 200 households from bedroom tax
I would imagine the loan is secured against the value of stock and a three bed is worth more than a two bed. Therefore re-classifying means on paper at least the lender looses some of its security and the sale value of the stock decreases?
Ahh localisum at work (forget if you agree or not, how is this empowering communities? Here you decide, unless we want to decide, then we decide)
Comment on: Single parents in PRS face poverty
PB agree with your comment completely. With the current massive housing shortage a 14 year old girl (or any child for that matter) can only reasonably expect one bed, it is hard on the other parent (usually the father) and yes in an ideal world she would have a bed at both residences but there are plenty of children out there who do not have one bed let allown two. Like you state she should be no safer than with her father
I just wanted to throw 'affordable rent' into the mix which is in most areas is replacing the 'socail rents' mentioned in this article. Where it is being implemented esp in the the south east of the UK, it is almost as high or even higher (have real working examples from my district) than the LHA rate! Now that to me is scary because if the mecca of housing that everyone on low incomes seems to set as their focus is unaffordable even if they get offered a property where to we go from there???
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