Saturday, Sep 19, 2015

Plan to jail budding Rachmans

BBC: Landlords who put lives at risk 'should be jailed'

Also on my local radio station Wave 105 where a councillor was suggesting there should be a register of Dodgy landlords so people could check it before renting a house. Personally I think the most productive approach would be for the council to either take the house, either turning it into a Council house or handing it to a housing association or arrange for the repairs to be done and bill the landlord.

Posted by tenyearstogetmymoneyback @ 02:10 PM (4581 views)
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1. libertas said...

A better solution would be compulsory purchase powers for Council's so that they can turn the estates of dodgy landlords into Council housing or do back to back sales with housing associations. Combine that with powers to take out court orders for "proceeds of crime" for income received following the Landlord being in breech of enforcement notices. Normally there will be a compliance period, after which their profit should be fair game.

Putting them in jail will not help. Many landlords are happy collecting rent whilst sitting in a jail cell.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 01:47PM Report Comment
 

2. sneaker said...

Rachman has got a bad name for the wrong reasons.

I grew up around the area he operated in and people who rented in those times say things such as: "Rachman was a lot better than the other landlords of the time. He got big because of it. He ended up carrying the can because he was so well known. But the others were much worse.'

Often the way. Similarly to how the Spanish Inquisition has a terrible name. People used to beg to go to Inquisition courts because they were run by educated judges and were much better than the arbitrary local courts which were riven by local politics. Yes sure the Inquisition did terrible things but the local courts were even worse.

I suspect this will be a controversial post and get quite a few flames. Bring 'em!

Saturday, September 19, 2015 09:17PM Report Comment
 

3. tenyearstogetmymoneyback said...

I stand corrected.

For right or wrong reasons his name has become generalised in the same way as Hoover etc.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 07:50AM Report Comment
 

4. britishblue said...

private tenants ( the customer) are often given 20 page contracts from estate agents whilst the landlord (the seller of the service) has a paltry few commitments. This is the reverse of any other type of customer contracts where it is the customer that is protected and the seller that has to commit to high standards.
I have some friends that rent a nice property. Three years ago in February the boiler went. We were having a cold spell at the time and it was minus 11 and they had a young child. It took the landlord one month to get in a new boiler as he had plumber after plumber traipse through the house to get a cheaper quote. This could have been fixed in less than three days. In countries like Germany no rent would have been paid during this time period and legal action could have been taken against the landlord. But not in this country.
The shame is that the friends said the landlord was generally a lovely man. But because Tenants are a sub standard form of customer that should just be happy to have a roof over their head, he was blissfully unaware that this mattered.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:50AM Report Comment
 

5. tenyearstogetmymoneyback said...

For a long time I have thought that the main problem is the number of Amateur landlords and the lack of alternatives for people who haven't been on a waiting list for months or even years. I can't imagine the likes of Avis putting people in that situation if the heater broke on a lease car while I am sure a housing association would also get things done much quicker. A few months ago British were advertising an all in service for Landlords including safety checks and repairs when needed. Of course people like the Landlord BritishBlue mentioned would just see a service like that as an erosion of their bottom line.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 05:50PM Report Comment
 

6. mombers said...

I wonder how many of these rogue landlords are really just idiots who have got too big of a mortgage to cover running costs? If you are making money each month and a big maintenance bill comes along, you roll with the punches (anyone with a modicum of business sense will have funds set aside for maintenance anyway). If you're on nothing or a loss due to too big a mortgage, I'm sure many a clown is just not in a position to fulfil their obligations.

Monday, September 21, 2015 12:35PM Report Comment
 

7. britishblue said...

M@6 i totally agree. That is why in places like Germany if a boiler went you wouldn't pay any rent until it was fixed. I do'n't know any other industry or product where you would continue paying the price when the product didn't work or the seller of the service wouldn't be beside themselves to fix it. Landlords are very happy that tenants pay 1 months rent up front and a further 6 weeks in a landlord tenancy scheme. Maybe they should legislate that landlords should put 2 or 3 months of equivalent rent ito a scheme in case of critical urgent repairs like a boiler going or a flood.

Monday, September 21, 2015 02:00PM Report Comment
 

8. mombers said...

@7 But rents are so much less in Germany than in the UK - surely the opposite should be true? Yet more evidence that it is not a free market by any stretch of the imagination.

Monday, September 21, 2015 02:31PM Report Comment
 

9. britishblue said...

M@8/ Absolutely in my line of work I have come across several Germans that are horrified at how they are treated as tenants over here and cant believe the exorbitant cost. Oh I forgot we are over populated and there is no building land, despite Holland and Belgium being 50% more densly populated than us. The funny thing is I drive through both of those countries regularly and see plenty of green fields.

Monday, September 21, 2015 03:36PM Report Comment
 

10. letthemfall said...

Every bit as culpable are the letting agents who charge high fees for doing next to nothing. They collude in that they never shop landlords; they're just happy to see yet another exhorbitant set of lettings fees come in.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:45PM Report Comment
 

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