Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thank you Grant Shapps you Tory toss*er

Rogue Landlords harrassing tenants

Many tenants continue to have their lives blighted by rogue landlords despite laws designed to protect them, a housing charity has said. Shelter said it had found evidence that landlords in the private rented sector were mistreating their tenants, or letting out properties unfit to live in. Nearly all of the environmental health officers said they had come across landlords who persistently ignored their responsibilities.' Of course Grant Shapps' first act was to abolish sensible plans to regulate this lot - 'cutting red tape' apparently is more important than shutting down criminal landlords. Dogma before common sense - wasn't the con-dem coalition supposed to help make sure rabid right wing ideology wouldn't triumph over human decency?

Posted by montesquieu @ 03:44 AM (1112 views)
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5 thoughts on “Thank you Grant Shapps you Tory toss*er

  • Needless to say, this news *won’t* be featuring elsewhere today.

    Personally I think the answer to this problem is quite simple. Affected tenants simply need to grow some and stop paying their rent. Then turn up to the eviction hearing and explain that the property is uninhabitable.

    I’ve lived in a block of pre-war flats that were without water and heating for 24 hours in winter. I deducted the cost of a hotel overnight stay from the rent and the landlord didn’t bat an eyelid because he knew he didn’t have a counterargument.

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  • Montesquieu,

    Dare I suggest that it’s you that’s sounding rabid..

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  • I’ve been on the receiving end of a dodgy landlord before and it isn’t much fun because they can be very nasty people. The bad ones usually take advantage of people who are not very clued up about their rights, or people who are in a difficuly situation.
    Of course they will be able to pick on vulnerable people more efficiently if the governemnt slashes more red tape.

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  • Paul – couldn’t agree more. This really is a bit like turkeys saying that Christmas just isn’t fair.

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  • “Of course they will be able to pick on vulnerable people more efficiently if the governemnt slashes more red tape.”

    Err. no. The problem with the red tape is that it forces the enforcement authorities to indulge a ridiculous and time consuming paper chase before they can force a landlord to comply with the law.

    By getting rid of needless procedures, the authorities can cut to the chase and make landlords comply in short order.

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