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Beginning to think there's a witch hunt in the making :D

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It's good to see a national newspaper letting its readers know exactly how their taxes are being spent - going to private landlords. I have a feeling that this is all partly due to Generation Rent who ran a big campaign showing how much tax and how many benefits landlords get. Obviously housing benefit is becoming contentious in a country that refuses to build more houses that are desperately needed but is happy to pay for all of this tax money instead to go into the hands of rich private companies and individuals. Next time someone in Government says the country has no money for mass house building, ask them why they have enough money to pay private landlords and why this cannot be diverted into building homes for people to live in instead.

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Interesting, but almost all of the top 20 are housing associations and charities for the homeless in my area.

From my experience, much of the accommodation provided through these charities goes to private landlords who generally offer pokey, poorly maintained and severely overpriced accommodation. For example, small terraced houses converted into however many 'studio flats' they can put in there, with no private entrance and complete with crappy mini kitchen in the corner of a room and partitioned bathroom 2 foot across.... All for the paltry sum of 520 quid a month each.... in the modest city, away from London.

One person I knew had to put his microwave on top of the hob, his kettle and toaster on top of that and hang his clothes up in the shower, and sleep with his head next to the storage heater, all because of lack of space. Worse still the landlord insisted on a double bed so that he could offer to couples incase this guy moved out.

sadly these landlords have these charities firmly wrapped round their little finger as there's just so few landlords willing to offer accommodation to people in these situations. I'd be interested to see anyway how many of these homeless charities actually own accommodation.

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But i thought Housing Benefit went to the person renting as opposed to the landlord, it did for me several years ago.

I out in "City of London" and Mr David Gregory comes in at no.1 with £12K PA, surely the top BTL parasite in this area is getting more than a grand a month.

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But i thought Housing Benefit went to the person renting as opposed to the landlord, it did for me several years ago.

Not in the case of these homeless charities, it would be a very bad idea to pay it directly to the formally homeless tenants.

Makes you wonder how this will square with the requirements of universal credit. Incidentally I imagine the homeless charities end up taking a bit of a hit in regards to deposits as very few homeless people could ever afford to pay them.

The deposits I knew of were really extreme for some of these places, like 550 quid for a room in a shared house.

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But i thought Housing Benefit went to the person renting as opposed to the landlord, it did for me several years ago.

I out in "City of London" and Mr David Gregory comes in at no.1 with £12K PA, surely the top BTL parasite in this area is getting more than a grand a month.

Sure, it may do initially. But it ends up in the parasite's pocket, and that's the point.

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Sure, it may do initially. But it ends up in the parasite's pocket, and that's the point.

Of course, but i meant for recording purposes.

I don't believe we had to put the *****alords name on the application.

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