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    peterdelamothe
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    “Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Housing 2021 conference in Manchester today, Lucy Powell, who took over as shadow housing secretary in May this year, said that landlords that house housing benefit claimants should not simply be given rental income “with no strings attached” in the future, noting that the Labour Party is considering action to address this.

    “On housing benefits we spend a huge amount every year, most of which goes to the private rented sector, and we ask nothing in return from that money,” she said.

    “We are going to be looking at tenants in the private rental sector. There is a lot more we can do about landlord licensing and landlord registration schemes.”

    Separately she said: “There are too many incentives on second home owners and holiday lets – and there are no disincentives and so on, so the tax regime on second home owners [may be considered].

    “We are also looking at schemes where local residents and workers get first dibs on new homes. We need to look at bigger solutions than those.”

    #271155
    John Boxall
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    This campaign group in Scotland may be the start of a wider UK change

     

    https://www.livingrent.org/

     

    Which it seems may well have had some results

     

    https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/patrick-harvie-set-to-be-appointed-as-minister-for-tenants-rights

    This report suggests that there may well be action on secomd homes & holiday lets in England

    https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/guides-tips/breaking-news/2021/9/second-homes-targeted–government-preparing-triple-whammy-blow

     

    Interesting times

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #271156
    markg
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    Same old rhetoric re-hashed again. I seem to recall a DWP consultation paper some years ago on 'conditionality' in the private rented sector. Only paying HB to landlords who provide decent homes. Never got anywhere. Needs massive 'enforcement' investment. We've all seen the TV programmes where housing officers/managers visit 'less than optimal' properties. More and more people unable to afford to buy, more and more people needing to rent (also unaffordable in many cases), people having to take what they can get. 

    No, I dont have the answer.

    #271157
    markg
    Participant

    p.s: I was referring to Peter's post, not John's.

    #271158
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    Do these politicians even look at the rental mkt I wonder? In some towns on the South coast there is currently nothing to rent at all of any size on Rightmove. But plenty of airbnb stuff available. Why?

    Almost no regulatory requirements, rent gets paid in advance, no problems with eviction, short term lets at three times the price a rental and so on.

    #271159
    John Boxall
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    I am sure many of us can remember the arson campaign against second homes in Wales.

     

    It doesnt require the political acumen of Churchill to realise that second homes/holiday lets/luxury developments could become a real magnet for unrest.

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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