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Polish plumbers boost buy-to-let

Simon Lambert, This is Money

23 May 2006

THE buy-to-let market has been boosted by the wave of Eastern Europeans arriving to join the British workforce, according to one of the market's biggest lenders.
Buy-to-let specialist Paragon said the influx of workers had boosted the demand for rented accommodation, especially in London.
An estimated 300,000 new workers have arrived in Britain from Eastern Europe over the past three years, and
they have been credited with helping the economy meet targets and making people's mortgages cheaper by keeping interest rates down
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http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/mortgages/buy...2&in_page_id=56

Polish plumbers boost buy-to-let

Simon Lambert, This is Money

23 May 2006

THE buy-to-let market has been boosted by the wave of Eastern Europeans arriving to join the British workforce, according to one of the market's biggest lenders.
Buy-to-let specialist Paragon said the influx of workers had boosted the demand for rented accommodation, especially in London.
An estimated 300,000 new workers have arrived in Britain from Eastern Europe over the past three years, and
they have been credited with helping the economy meet targets and making people's mortgages cheaper by keeping interest rates down
.

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Oh well, that's ok then - my husband is finding it more and more difficult to find work because of the 'cheap labour' problem but if it's lining the pocket of the BTLers then I mustn't complain.

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You know, I was thinking, it's great, today is the first day in months when an immigration thread wasn't on the first page of the main forum. Knew it couldn't last!

Oops, I've bumped it up as well.

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I thought people from the newly joined Eastern European countries had only been able to come here (legally) for 1 year not 3 as stated in the article???

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I've heard a few stories lately about immigrant workers being caught out by trading standards because they have not been working to the correct British regulations. Someone in our office had a boiler installed by one of these eaqsten european immigrant workers and it turns out that several unsuitable gas fittings were used and some of the work had to be redone.

When trading standards caught up with this guy it turned out that his qualifications were false. The bloke from trading standards said there have been an increasing number of similar incidents over the past few years and such occurrences are now quite common.

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I've heard a few stories lately about immigrant workers being caught out by trading standards because they have not been working to the correct British regulations. Someone in our office had a boiler installed by one of these eaqsten european immigrant workers and it turns out that several unsuitable gas fittings were used and some of the work had to be redone.

When trading standards caught up with this guy it turned out that his qualifications were false. The bloke from trading standards said there have been an increasing number of similar incidents over the past few years and such occurrences are now quite common.

There are an awful lot of home-grown cowboys as well - in general the new arrivals have a well deserved reputation for working hard and charging reasonable prices.

And thankfully the East European are providing much needed competition for Britain's own tradesmen, who for too long were able to charge extortionate fees while offering a dismal level of customer service. Welcome all :)

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There are an awful lot of home-grown cowboys as well - in general the new arrivals have a well deserved reputation for working hard and charging reasonable prices.

And thankfully the East European are providing much needed competition for Britain's own tradesmen, who for too long were able to charge extortionate fees while offering a dismal level of customer service. Welcome all :)

Yes, its true that we have plenty of home grown cowboys. I'm sure that many immigrants are hard working but the standards in easten european countries are often not a strict as here. Incidents such as what happened to the guy in my office could be a result of a difference in culture rather than lazyness. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the general quality of the work, it was just that the fittings were not of suitable type. The job might have been acceptable in easten europe but not here.

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Yes, its true that we have plenty of home grown cowboys. I'm sure that many immigrants are hard working but the standards in easten european countries are often not a strict as here. Incidents such as what happened to the guy in my office could be a result of a difference in culture rather than lazyness. Apparently there was nothing wrong with the general quality of the work, it was just that the fittings were not of suitable type. The job might have been acceptable in easten europe but not here.

Fair point :)

I don't think we can lump all of Eastern Europe together. From my (albeit limited) experience of doing business in Eastern Europe, I found that countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic adapted very quickly to the Western style of business. The Baltic countries are learning fast, whereas Bulgaria and Romania still just don't get it.

Just a thought.

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