end the ‘right to buy’ council housing

At a time when social housing is in desperate and increasing demand it is nonsense to continue this misguided Thatcherite policy. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't full of loopholes, but the right to buy provisions are open wide to misuse and social housing continues to be lost to the detriment both of the taxpayer and those most genuinely in need of social housing; and to the advantage of the wealthy and greedy individuals who abuse these provisions.

Why is this idea important?

At a time when social housing is in desperate and increasing demand it is nonsense to continue this misguided Thatcherite policy. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't full of loopholes, but the right to buy provisions are open wide to misuse and social housing continues to be lost to the detriment both of the taxpayer and those most genuinely in need of social housing; and to the advantage of the wealthy and greedy individuals who abuse these provisions.

Allow freedom to build without planning permission outside green belts

I AM NOT CONNECTED TO THE BUILDING TRADE IN ANY WAY, but I often read of householders being forced to demolish improvements to their properties or sometimes entire houses and that seems wrong.

If it's your land you should build whatever you like on it as long as it is not part of a designated green belt.Freedom to build and freedom to charge whatever rent a property willfetch with freedom to evict those who do not pay their rent !

All this sounds impossible and old fashioned,but I THINK REMOVING REGULATION WOULD SOLVE THE HOUSING SHORTAGE AND THROUGH COMPETITION RENTS WOULD GO DOWN NOT UP !

Why is this idea important?

I AM NOT CONNECTED TO THE BUILDING TRADE IN ANY WAY, but I often read of householders being forced to demolish improvements to their properties or sometimes entire houses and that seems wrong.

If it's your land you should build whatever you like on it as long as it is not part of a designated green belt.Freedom to build and freedom to charge whatever rent a property willfetch with freedom to evict those who do not pay their rent !

All this sounds impossible and old fashioned,but I THINK REMOVING REGULATION WOULD SOLVE THE HOUSING SHORTAGE AND THROUGH COMPETITION RENTS WOULD GO DOWN NOT UP !

Regulate the housing market by creating more social housing and the mass construction of rent controlled, high quality housing at cost

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

Why is this idea important?

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

Allow several people to share a dwelling without permission

Stop the legal requirement to notify and in some cases licence or even apply for planning consent to allow three or more unrelated people to rent and share a dwelling. Housing Act of 2004 and revisions and instruments in 2006 2007 2008… A bad law aimed at doing what the law already provides for but in an unintrusive way.

I am referring to the current preoccupation with "HMO"s

If a local authority is paying the rent, then they have a right to check value for money but otherwise they should butt out! Tenaants can go to trading standards about bad landlords if there is a need. Why spend council tax money and interfere with civil liberties of prospective sharers and landlords.

Why is this idea important?

Stop the legal requirement to notify and in some cases licence or even apply for planning consent to allow three or more unrelated people to rent and share a dwelling. Housing Act of 2004 and revisions and instruments in 2006 2007 2008… A bad law aimed at doing what the law already provides for but in an unintrusive way.

I am referring to the current preoccupation with "HMO"s

If a local authority is paying the rent, then they have a right to check value for money but otherwise they should butt out! Tenaants can go to trading standards about bad landlords if there is a need. Why spend council tax money and interfere with civil liberties of prospective sharers and landlords.

Abolish the regulation that prevents councils paying Housing Benefit directly to private landlords

The last Government prevented council paying housing benefits directly to private landlords even if the tenant wanted that. The result is that many landlords are not getting the rent because some tenants are dishonest or just unable to handle money correctly. Worse still, the benefits have to be paid into a bank account and are then snatched by the greedy banks claiming "charges" and "arrears."

This regulation was supposed to be applied to housing associations and councils as well, but they rebelled fearing massive extra arrears and costs.

It is not only landlords that suffer but also tenants who are evicted for arrears. Let the tenants choose if they want to have benefits paid directly to landlords. It gives most of them peace of mind.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

The last Government prevented council paying housing benefits directly to private landlords even if the tenant wanted that. The result is that many landlords are not getting the rent because some tenants are dishonest or just unable to handle money correctly. Worse still, the benefits have to be paid into a bank account and are then snatched by the greedy banks claiming "charges" and "arrears."

This regulation was supposed to be applied to housing associations and councils as well, but they rebelled fearing massive extra arrears and costs.

It is not only landlords that suffer but also tenants who are evicted for arrears. Let the tenants choose if they want to have benefits paid directly to landlords. It gives most of them peace of mind.

 

 

Bring the Housing Benefit budget under control

The Housing Benefit budget has spiralled out of control since the 1988 Housing Act prevented a legally-enforceable rent being set by tribunal.The effect has been for Housing Benefit to drive up the cost of rent for everyone,and to transfer huge sums of taxpayers money into the pockets of landlords as a hidden subsidy,raising the realisable value of property and making all forms of housing more expensive.

Recent half-baked attempts to address the Housing Benefit issue have focussed upon squeezing the tenant on benefits…the one person least able to influence the cost of housing….by imposing caps on how much benefit is paid,regardless of what the rents actuall are.

The only solution,if we are to get the budget under control,is to have legally enforceable rent levels agreed at tribunal,as was the case before 1988,enabling the Government to budget effectivel and in the long term,for Housing Benefit.

Why is this idea important?

The Housing Benefit budget has spiralled out of control since the 1988 Housing Act prevented a legally-enforceable rent being set by tribunal.The effect has been for Housing Benefit to drive up the cost of rent for everyone,and to transfer huge sums of taxpayers money into the pockets of landlords as a hidden subsidy,raising the realisable value of property and making all forms of housing more expensive.

Recent half-baked attempts to address the Housing Benefit issue have focussed upon squeezing the tenant on benefits…the one person least able to influence the cost of housing….by imposing caps on how much benefit is paid,regardless of what the rents actuall are.

The only solution,if we are to get the budget under control,is to have legally enforceable rent levels agreed at tribunal,as was the case before 1988,enabling the Government to budget effectivel and in the long term,for Housing Benefit.

RENTS in U.K. extortionate- new -feudalism REFORM

in the Netherlands 10% (lonely planet-statistic 2001) of people own their own property ,and rents

are controlled by the government at reasonable levels. Here in the U.K. we pay some of the highest rents in the developed world. For people with low incomes it amounts to a third or even a half of our incomes.

The ECONOMY would benefit enormously if people had reasonable rents because of all the spare cash generated. Less debt would be created.

Who benefits from high rents = debt recovery agencies , landlords( who often have several properties).

Profit can still be gained from a REASONABLE rent regime. Excessive greed drives this engine.

Why is this idea important?

in the Netherlands 10% (lonely planet-statistic 2001) of people own their own property ,and rents

are controlled by the government at reasonable levels. Here in the U.K. we pay some of the highest rents in the developed world. For people with low incomes it amounts to a third or even a half of our incomes.

The ECONOMY would benefit enormously if people had reasonable rents because of all the spare cash generated. Less debt would be created.

Who benefits from high rents = debt recovery agencies , landlords( who often have several properties).

Profit can still be gained from a REASONABLE rent regime. Excessive greed drives this engine.