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  • 05-09-2017, 15:41
    69 ford
    Quote Originally Posted by WB54 View Post
    seems to me local council have no housing stock and this is the way they want it. Sell off the land, backhander for planning permission, construction companies profit and private landlords take all the risk. Council has a budget controlled centrally to house people, when the money runs out so does their responsibility to house people in the borough.

    What seriously ****es me off is people still allowed to buy their council house at a discounted rate. Why would that still be allowed when stock is at an all time low ?. Family who live two doors down, son took over the mothers tenancy and once the council had done all the windows, soffetts, guttering, garage doors and fencing he bought it at a discount, outright no mortgage. Also has new boiler and bathroom year before.
    Indeed, "right to buy" was really short term gain for long term pain, and should stop immediately. councils are also unaware of how many properties in their area owned by private landlords are leased to other authorities outside of their area, sometimes hundreds of miles away and viese versa, it really is an absolute shambles with genuine needs of families ignored.
  • 05-09-2017, 14:07
    WB54
    Quote Originally Posted by delivery53 View Post
    Interesting,never seen that.The people renting now are a working couple,whose house caught fire,so insurance paying rent.
    it always appears to many that its easy money but can be a total pain.
    I'll not describe the filth left behind by the single woman and her 12 year old son !
    I think "Can't Pay, We'll Take it Away" has enlightened many, I'm glued to that whenever it's on, love it. Always left shocked at how these people get away with it and are so brazen when it comes to money they owe. If I didn't pay my mortgage, i'd be out on my arse in no time, but withhold rent on some sketchy complaint, frustrate the court process and they get away with it. Amazing that their housing need becomes the council ergo societies problem but a landlord defrauded of what is potentially their only income is "just" a civil matter ?
  • 05-09-2017, 13:01
    delivery53
    Interesting,never seen that.The people renting now are a working couple,whose house caught fire,so insurance paying rent.
    it always appears to many that its easy money but can be a total pain.
    I'll not describe the filth left behind by the single woman and her 12 year old son !
  • 05-09-2017, 12:54
    WB54
    seems to me local council have no housing stock and this is the way they want it. Sell off the land, backhander for planning permission, construction companies profit and private landlords take all the risk. Council has a budget controlled centrally to house people, when the money runs out so does their responsibility to house people in the borough.

    What seriously ****es me off is people still allowed to buy their council house at a discounted rate. Why would that still be allowed when stock is at an all time low ?. Family who live two doors down, son took over the mothers tenancy and once the council had done all the windows, soffetts, guttering, garage doors and fencing he bought it at a discount, outright no mortgage. Also has new boiler and bathroom year before.
  • 05-09-2017, 11:46
    69 ford
    Some councils offer a scheme for Local Landlords called "property solutions" or similar,where they offer a one or two year rental agreement on your property, figures in Essex are roughly - 500 for a one bed 650 for a two bed 850 for a three bed, flat or house makes no difference, there is also one off bonus payments of 1000 for one year contract or 1500 for two year contracts, there are T&Cs but they guarantee the rent and the property is returned to you as bought at the end of the contract if required, some councils in London now offer several K per year bonuses to landlords due to lack of housing. Just thought I'd let you know.
  • 04-09-2017, 10:59
    Austin Martin
    We had a farm shop, that was genuinely nothing more than a garden shed, I demolished it within the first week, the beginning of the second week we received a business rate demand, tried to speak the council, but they don't take calls on such matters instead had to deal with the ratings agency, who did nothing to the pint where 2 months later the council send us a summons.

    After various pointless phone calls (ending with the suggestion that we would sue them for the emotional turmoil caused) the ratings agency phoned to say that they accepted that it had indeed been demolished, and that it would be struck from the records; spoke to the lady we bought the place from (some months later) and it turns out they hadn't paid any rates for about 4 years since the death of her mother in law who ran the shop...... utter useless ****ing waste of space tossers ( still trying to come up with an acronym for that one!)
  • 03-09-2017, 20:22
    jaydub
    Slightly off at a tangent but... years back the cul-de-sac where my sister lives was flooded. Most folk moved out into accommodation provided by their insurance companies. I ripped out the downstairs of sis's place so it could dry out and she chose to just live in the upstairs bit until I rebuilt it all. Meanwhile the council were on the local news stating over and over again how terrible the situation was and how they were doing everything they could to help those affected. About this time (whilst every other house in the area was empty) sis gets a letter, and a payment demand for extra council tax... turned out that the council had presumed the house was empty so had revoked the single person discount she had been receiving, because in the case of a property being empty the council can decide how many folk they think may have lived there if it were occupied and charge accordingly... so much for helping those affected by the flood.
  • 03-09-2017, 20:02
    4xmike
    dont really get what the govt & councils are up to, most landlords are around retirement age & with a little in the bank decide to put some money into getting a mortgage & getting a house to rent, rather than leave the money to dwindle to nothing in the back...
    so the govt sells off all its houses, invites millions to move to the uk & the only houses to put them in are private rented ones, so they then change the tax laws on mortgages, to make landlord less well off so they dont have the money to spend keeping the rental houses in good order???
    anyone make any sense of that??
  • 03-09-2017, 14:18
    delivery53
    Not easily,everything is skewed in favour of the tenant.It's all agonised over by social services ,takes months,by which time the rent's still not paid.
    Same as taking penniless people to court,pointless.
    This situation was created by the coalition govt. (clegg) to make people on benefits more responsible.
    Just puts the debt on the landlord not the council ,claimant/parasite wanders off to do it all again, probably.
  • 03-09-2017, 02:40
    NMNeil
    As a cop we all dreaded the end of the month because we would respond to a constant stream of burglary calls where the rent money, always in cash and always on top of a table, was stolen, nothing else, just the rent money.
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