Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rachmanism part 2

UK Housing Crisis Could Mark Return Of Slums

The shrinking stock of social housing is pushing more vulnerable people into an increasingly over-priced private rental market.Slums may be re-emerging in the UK, with growing concern about the number of private renters living in hazardous or squalid conditions.A dramatic increase in the number of renters and poor regulation in the private sector, are being exploited by rogue landlords, according to local authorities and housing campaigners.

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5 thoughts on “Rachmanism part 2

  • “One third of privately rented homes are non-decent, meaning they fall below the basic standard of health, safety and habitability set by the UK government”
    WTF? How on earth can the law not address this? Simple remedy – you can complain to your council and the landlord gets a notice to fix it, during which time you don’t pay rent. If they fail to fix the issues, fines start racking up, secured on the title of the property, with repossession the final remedy. Utterly broken ‘market’

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  • Regarding social housing there seem to be real management and manpower problems. Someone I know moved into a social housing flat in the north a few years ago. His neighbours told him the place (perfectly OK) had been empty for two or three years. He moved into another flat (same association) six months ago and was told by the neighbours that it had been empty for three years. The flat he vacated six months ago (clean and in working order) is still empty (presumably awaiting a crew to come and clean/monitor it and pass it for re-occupation).

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  • I have been saying this for a while. I live in an area where you have a family per room, or three generations of a family in a three bedroom house. This is a reversion back to the Victorian times and it has a long, long way to go until somebody actually does anything about it.

    Meanwhile, the top stories on the Evening Standard are the new 70+ storey 1 Undershaft skyscraper in the City and a new £750m block for Paddington.

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  • Mombers, the law is that you can report issues to the Council, who can request that things be resolved within 12 months, on some occasions, but nothing stops the landlord evicting you in the meantime and the Council has minimal incentive to enforce, with the exception of licensed HMO’s.

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  • @4 exactly – the council has very little incentive and/or resources to do this. If they could levy some serious fines, they could fund the department by these, instead of it having to compete with other council serives for funding.

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