"The ASB industry, set up by social housing professional for the benefit of careers for housing professionals - and certainly not for the benefit of victim tenants" "If you complain against your landlord about repairs and harassment from the landlord against you the landlord is not going to protect you from antisocial behaviour, on the contrary they join in, so that they can force you to abandon the property "
Eh? Are you MAD? Or, as would seem likely, are you an anti-social person who has had action taken against him by his landlord? Either way you are talking rubbish. The sheer unreasonableness of your comments betrays you.
Comment on: Exposed: councils’ £35m raid on rents
Some councils are also using HRA money to top up their Discretionary Housing Payment budgets.
People on benefits. People in work. People with children. People without children. People with many children. Disabled people. Sick people. Taxpayers. Benefit recipients. Net contributors. Net beneficiaries.
All of the above descriptions could apply to the same family at different times. The point is this: people's situations change over time. Their lives are dynamic, not static. The welfare stae is a safety net, there to catch us when we fall. Don't collude in its destruction or it won't be there when you fall.
There are laws against this, which local authorities are supposed to enforce. Unfortunately, regulating the private rented sector is not, in these cash-strapped times, top of councils' list of priorities. I am surprised that your article makes no mention of this.
Ms Oliver, please provide evidence for your claim that: "Some Councils are downright 'rogues' who see leaseholders as milking cows (excuse me). They put 200-300% mark-ups on contractors prices to rip-off leaseholders. We have also read about Councils doing deals with contractors." This is absolute rubbish; it just doesn't happen. There are many legal safeguards for leaseholders, and council officers are not, in the main, dishonest.
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