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I'm surprised there has not been any discussion of the Housing and Planning Bill which is currently going through Parliament. This has a lot of very interesting and potentially upsetting (for landlords) proposals regarding the PRS. A while back there was a link (posted on this forum) http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/205910-tackling-rogue-landlords-and-improving-the-private-rental-sector-a-technical-discussion-paper-survey-follow-link/?hl=%2Blink+%2Bsurvey toa survey asking about amongst other things, how rogue landlords should be dealt with. The Housing Bill seems to be a response to that. Amongst other suggestions is the possibility that Councils will be able to keep some or all of any fines given to landlords. Obviously this would incentivise cash strapped Councils into persuing errant landlords, so win-win for tenants (more money for their local council and less benefits for rogue landlords). There is a whole section of the Bill regarding rogue landlords and how they should be dealt with, worth reading;

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2015-2016/0075/16075.pdf

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I did pick up the front page story in yesterday's Times here which as I suggested on the thread appeared to be trailing the business of letting councils keep the fines.

I think more and more the Tories are using the press to get feelers on potential policy changes or putting out hints regarding what they intend to do. Remember the BTL changes were heavily discussed and hinted at in the press before they were announced. Same thing with other policies. I wonder if we are going to see a sea change in the Tories attitude to the PRS and landlords soon? It seems to me a no-brainer, since there are now approx 11 million renters (potential Tories) and much less older landlords (who will die off as the younger, currently renting generations become the major demographic). Perhaps the Tories aren't as stupid and cliched as we think?

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I think more and more the Tories are using the press to get feelers on potential policy changes or putting out hints regarding what they intend to do. Remember the BTL changes were heavily discussed and hinted at in the press before they were announced. Same thing with other policies. I wonder if we are going to see a sea change in the Tories attitude to the PRS and landlords soon? It seems to me a no-brainer, since there are now approx 11 million renters (potential Tories) and much less older landlords (who will die off as the younger, currently renting generations become the major demographic). Perhaps the Tories aren't as stupid and cliched as we think?

Depends, some like Philip Davies clearly are.

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Perhaps the Tories aren't as stupid and cliched as we think?

Dunno why you'd say that, Tories like power primarily, ideology a distant second.

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