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  • hwh-2.pngStrengthen the voice of private tenants by developing a national network of private renters and local private renters’ groups
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  • commented 2016-02-07 11:49:56 +0000
    Apologies for the double post, the first one didn’t appear to have worked…
  • commented 2016-02-07 11:45:32 +0000
    A typically excitable response of the desperate who realises his little cash cow is under threat. I’m addressing only the issue of buy to let here because that’s what I understood this forum to be about. As it happens, I agree completely with what you say about the housing shortage being exacerbated by immigration, and the absence of any credible house building programme. I also think that so-called initiatives like “Help to Buy”, Shared Ownership and the “Save a Deposit ISA” schemes are window dressing, delusional and will be of no help whatsoever to potential owner occupiers. But those arguments are for a different forum, and believe me, I have voiced those opinions to those forums, and to individuals in positions of responsibility who I believe may be able to influence them. But this forum is, in my view, solely about letting property that already exists. All private buy to let landlords are part (not all) of the root cause of the bigger issue, especially those who have been in it for a long time and who have multiple properties. This situation has developed over the last 20 odd years, and you and your like minded ilk are the cause of a good part of it. What’s the point of any new building programmes when the buy to let vultures descend on them before a brick’s been laid and snap them all up? You need to face up to your anti social behaviour rather than continue to try to justify it, and private letting needs to be made financially unviable. You certainly shouldn’t be getting tax relief on your speculative Rachman like transacations when those who want to buy one property to live in don’t benefit from such concessions on their mortgage interest. The Chancellor has not gone anywhere near far enough. Yet.
  • commented 2016-02-07 11:45:32 +0000
    A typically excitable response of the desperate who realises his little cash cow is under threat. I’m addressing only the issue of buy to let here because that’s what I understood this forum to be about. As it happens, I agree completely with what you say about the housing shortage being exacerbated by immigration, and the absence of any credible house building programme. I also think that so-called initiatives like “Help to Buy”, Shared Ownership and the “Save a Deposit ISA” schemes are window dressing, delusional and will be of no help whatsoever to potential owner occupiers. But those arguments are for a different forum, and believe me, I have voiced those opinions to those forums, and to individuals in positions of responsibility who I believe may be able to influence them. But this forum is, in my view, solely about letting property that already exists. All private buy to let landlords are part (not all) of the root cause of the bigger issue, especially those who have been in it for a long time and who have multiple properties. This situation has developed over the last 20 odd years, and you and your like minded ilk are the cause of a good part of it. What’s the point of any new building programmes when the buy to let vultures descend on them before a brick’s been laid and snap them all up? You need to face up to your anti social behaviour rather than continue to try to justify it, and private letting needs to be made financially unviable. You certainly shouldn’t be getting tax relief on your speculative Rachman like transacations when those who want to buy one property to live in don’t benefit from such concessions on their mortgage interest. The Chancellor has not gone anywhere near far enough. Yet.
  • commented 2016-02-07 08:25:53 +0000
    That’s the best you can do then. No facts, no figures, no reasoned argument. Everyone is against you aren’t they FW? The world owes you a living and isn’t giving you one. Wake up and actually understand the problem and what is going on and for your owns sake stop your bleating.

    There is a housing shortage and the only way to address it is to build more houses. We have had an incredible upsurge in population in the last 15 years and at the same time have been building less than ever (excluding the war). Most of that upsurge is due to immigration. You’ve been presented with facts and figures in that article on Say No To George and all you can do is dismiss them.

    Then you are presented with more facts and figures about how many people could be displaced and you just turn it into more moaning and vile without offering anything substantial. You’re one of these people that like to moan but never present solutions.

    Government is not trying to level the playing field. Please don’t tell me you really believe that. If you do then you are seriously deluded. Osborne is getting money into the coffers any way he can. He’s selling off the UK’s assets as quickly as he can manage, he’s mucking around with pensions, he’s tried (unsuccessfully) to hit the poorest people in society with his tax credit cuts. Any you really think he cares if you can buy a house or not? Really?? You’re crazy.

    So where’s his house building plan then? Come on show me. They glibly come up with statements about building 400k new houses over 5 years with no plan. Good grief it isn’t even keeping pace with the increasing demand, let alone sort out the backlog. I bet you’ve got pictures of him all over your bedroom wall because he’s your little hero. If you’re really putting your hopes on him then you’re going to be even more bitter and twisted in a few years time. What do you think he meant when he said that landlords have time to adjust (when announcing the tax change)? He meant evict or put rents up. All the extra rent will be taken in tax and go to him, do you understand that, or do you think your hero wouldn’t do that to you? He knows that will happen because it happened in Ireland and he DOESN’T CARE! He just wants the money in the Government coffers.

    Stop thinking about yourself and go and read the articles properly.

    http://saynotogeorge.co.uk/how-to-solve-the-housing-crisis/
    http://www.property118.com/new-landlord-tax-could-affect-tenants/83886/
  • commented 2016-02-06 21:48:20 +0000
    I read it very simply, James. The Government is belatedly trying to make it a fairer playing field. Greedy private landlords are alarmed at losing easy pickings and huge capital gains, and are trying to offload as much of the increased costs as possible onto their long suffering and helpless tenants, who STILL can’t afford to buy their own properties to live in, let alone to extort money from. You’re the one who reads these things with your own warped interpretation.
  • commented 2016-02-06 19:15:58 +0000
    You still don’t get it do you FW? This attack on landlords will hurt tenants a whole lot more. Rents are already increasing, as they did in Ireland when a milder form of this mortgage interest limitation was tried. There with only a 75% relief limitation they went up almost 50%. Your bitterness blinds you. I have never said anything about altruism, that’s your take on things. What I have said is that I keep my rents low and that has been true but I too have started putting them up. My tenants have all accepted the increases because they understand why it’s happening and they’ve never had an increase anyway. Some of them have been with me many years. One tenant has even volunteered an increase without me mentioning it to him. I take it you didn’t read the article on the Say No To George site or you may better understand why there is a housing crisis, why the private rented sector has actually helped to relieve pressure on prices and how it isn’t that hard to put a plan together for the only thing that will help – i.e building houses! You just want to moan and gripe about your lot without making any attempt to understand the situation. Let’s see if you can be bothered to read this and understand the misery Clause 24 may cause http://www.property118.com/new-landlord-tax-could-affect-tenants/83886/

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The first was from the Resolution Foundation, a think tank chaired by Conservative peer David Willetts and run by Torsten Bell, previously adviser to former Labour leader Ed Miliband. 

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From today we've got one. But there's a catch: only local councils can access it.

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