Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last nail in the coffin

Private landlord register confirmed

... the next step is rent control. Yesssss

Posted by confused76 @ 07:55 AM (1115 views)
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7 thoughts on “Last nail in the coffin

  • “..with removal if they receive too many complaints..”. Rent power is coming!

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  • it_is_going_with_a_bang says:

    “However, the NLA would be opposed to the collection of rental property addresses. We consider this to be overly intrusive and of no direct benefit to tenants or landlords.”

    Overly intrusive? You drive a car and have to register both yourself and the car. Yet people wish to rent out property and collect rent ( income ) and for there to be no direct record of it at ‘source’. Relying on tax returns is totally inadequate for tax returns for example.

    A system which can involve removal of the license if the the quality of service provided is not up to scratch is also very important.

    About time.

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  • Yes in my experience Landlords are interested i profit and capital gain and that is it.

    The whole industry should be regulated properly with a minimum specification of standards clearly set out..

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  • “However, the NLA would be opposed to the collection of rental property addresses. We consider this to be overly intrusive and of no direct benefit to tenants or landlords.”

    Maybe too many MPs are landlords!!

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  • of course there should be regulation but i think i shoulld point out a few things:

    1. Unlikely to go through quickly – even if it does go through this will be watered down. Lets look at a bit of history – Licensing minicabs in London took years, and life and limb was at risk there. Also look how HIPS were watered down.

    2. This will prob lead to less supply of rental, which will just mean higher prices, although for sales this may lead to higher supply. So i doubt if it will lessen prices. Law of unintended consequences i believe. It would be good to get a LL take on this (i mean an acidental one).

    3. What resources will be available for checking? -Again HIPS spring to mind.

    So no dont agree with Confused or Symo. Think if it does come this will be a field day for the legal fraternity.

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  • I have been a tenant with a dodgy landlord and a landlord myself + worked in property and this is a very tricky subject. The most important thing is that the tenants know their rights when it comes to dealing with landlords. I knew mine and was able to stuff the dodgy landlord. The leasehold advisory service was set up with this in mind and can be quite helpful. The quality of rental accommodation in the 80’s before the housing act 1989 that gave rise to assured shorthold tenancies was horrendous… yes those on rent act protected tenancies were in a good position especially against “rackman” like LL’s but the unintended consequences were quality buildings falling into disrepair and a shortage of good rental properties..

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  • Government caused this boom by increasing the money supply. We want them to control private landlords now? They will mess this up, like they mess up most other things. Its all fine when the other man is being regulated by government, but what next? Government list of bankers, teachers, government no fly, no buy lists, where does it end?

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