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  1. I suspect that one unintended consequence of squeezing out the small BTLer will be the difficulties experienced by the poorer / younger tenants. These often don't have the references /credit rating / guarantors reqired by the big guns, who woud rather have a void than take a chance of a "bad" tenant. Smaller landlords can't support the void and are therefore more likely to take on sub-optimal candidates, ones with pets etc... Sure, there are some lousy private landlords out there, but the better ones can provide a useful niche market.
  2. Further perverse encouragement for school leavers to start as they mean to go on - if she quit her job now she'd be sanctioned and much worse off than if she'd never worked. There's a good argument for providing low-cost accommodation for workers ( isn't that how the Guinness Trust / Peabody started? If you need bus drivers to start at 6.00am they've GOT to live locally) but why should someone who has NO realistic prospect of employment (eg the addict bloke) feel entitled to accommodation in Central London? Northampton where it said he went is as appropriate.
  3. What is new is the entitlement idea - I can't think of ANY period of history where a single woman with 4 children was a viable unit - where it happened (war, widowhood etc..) it was family, or the parish providing only a bare minimum. Hasn't that girl Billie ever heard of contraception?? OK, twins are an unexpected problem but that's still three birth events in eight years to be subsidised by the state.
  4. I moved to E&C in 1985 when it was a bit dodgy, but lived there with no problems for over 20 years. By the time I left it was being assiduously rebranded by the local Estate Agents as "South Bankside"! Such is gentrificatication....
  5. For me, the main advantage (were the facility available in rural Wiltshire) would be the ability to sidestep the contemptuous arrogance of the average GP (as well as the 4-week waiting time!)
  6. What are you bleating about? If BTL investors are the only ones who will look coolly at a property, offer what they think it's worth and walk away if it's too much, how is this bad for the average HPC'er?
  7. Many HMOs don't need a licence. Basically, if it's only on two floors (there are various twiddly bits of the regs) you probably don't need to be licensed. The LA can get you on various 'Elf-and-Safety grounds but the gov''t licensing rules were centrally determined. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9429/322463.pdf
  8. Be careful what you pray for! Are you absolutely sure you want the like of Cameron Clegg & Osborne having monopoly control of the availability of housing and therefore how much you pay, how much space you are allowed and probably removing your choice to (eg) live in a grotty but very convenient hovel rather than something "more suitable" involving a 2 hour commute. And don't forget the private sector has a place - unless you want all hotels, seaside B&Bs etc also to be run by the State.
  9. That's stretching Article 26 a bit!! it does say that elementary eduction should be compulsory, but goes on to say . 3.Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. State schools have to be free, but you don't have to attend them. Private education, tutors, home schooling all OK
  10. Also, the Law of Unintended Consequences: if you had a couple of children & 4 or 5 grandchildren living within 15 minutes walk, you would be much less likely to have to be shipped off to a residential care home as soon as anything goes wrong with you.
  11. They can install secondary glazing which cuts out 90% of the noise.
  12. Well, my daughter is currently doing an MSc in the Netherlands at about one-eighth of the tuition fee cost, so I'm not complaining. Rents & other costs are about the same except she cycles everywhere whci helps both her health & her (well, my) bank balance.
  13. In many cases, this would cause a furore. Recently I had to get a private prescription for a couple of common drugs (long story, not relevant) and went along to the pharmacist expecting to be stung for about £50. Actual cost? about £4 for each prescription. As I'm over 60 I don't usually pay charges anyway, but if I were a minimum wage worker I would be hopping mad at seeing the price differential.
  14. At this point other avenues must be considered such as initiating a false legal precedent to simply have the forum shut down and taken offline. Oddly enough, this has just happened to that well-known hotbed of revolutionary fervour, Sagazone. I was looking for info on page magnifiers - eyesight fine for most reading, but when travel companies etc use blue 6pt font on a grey background..... & discovered it had been abruptly closed - not even accessible cached as far as I can see- because of racist / antiSemitic comments which Saga felt affected their brand image. (Wonder if someone just dared to question Israeli politics?!)
  15. Yes they jolly well did. After my father died in 1972 Nottingham Council badgered my mother non-stop to move into a nasty noisy little flat in a very dodgy neighborhood. Result was she took up the right to buy as soon as it came in.
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