Blimey, that’s a bit tough

English tenants face eviction threat every 90 seconds, charity claims

Which poor couple has the bailiffs at the door every minute and a half?

10 thoughts on “Blimey, that’s a bit tough”

  1. 1 in 55 chance of getting an eviction order, 1 in 165 chance of it actually happening. Most of these will be at the lower end of the ‘capability to earn’ spectrum, so they will get picked up by the social rental sector. Eventually. Unless they are single white UK-born males who have fought for their country and they get chucked on the street.

  2. Bloke in Costa Rica

    That’s about 300,000 eviction ‘threats’ a year, without even reading the article. In a country of 64 million people, many of whom are utter wastes of skin, that seems reasonable.

  3. Somewhat surprised to see some actual rational discussion in the comments currently under that story !
    Yes there’s the usual “landlords are evil b’stards” type comments – but some that actually point to the crux of the problem.
    If people pay their rent and look after the property, then they are highly unlikely to lose their home. There are always cases such as it being sold*, but that isn’t common. Most landlords will not throw out a good tenant – simply because it costs to replace them and there’s no guarantee that the next one will also be as good. That’s basic good practice.

    Now, the question that needs asking isn’t “why are so many getting evicted” which is fairly self evident – a lot of people just can’t afford the rent. The question needs to be, why are the rents so “unaffordable” – and for that you need to look to Westminster. While it’s popular to bash the Tories*, it should be pointed out that Labour had 13 years to try and sort things out – but didn’t. The underlying problem, which I’m sure TW has pointed out is that in a market, if demand is higher than supply then prices go up until demand reduces and/or supply increases to bring the market into balance.
    We’ve had several decades of government imposed supply constraint (a.k.a. planning policy), that’s constrained supply, and so house prices have gone up. IIRC Labour prattled on about increasing supply but didn’t actually fix it, George Osborne has said he’s going to – but has done so by imposing measures which could be interpreted as being intended to reduce supply*.

    * I’ll point out that George Osborne has brought in two significant measures designed to increase costs for small private landlords like myself – taxing rental on turnover rather than profits, and increasing stamp duty. His support for extra housing won’t kick in for years, but in the meantime he’s pushed up rents** and probably slightly reduced the number of properties available for rent.

    ** It’s basic business 101; profit = sales – costs. If costs go up then so must your sales value. GO has put up costs, and that will mostly push out into increased rents. Like many others, I’ve held my rents down, but for the first time ever I’ve just put rents up for the two sitting tenants – I’m just not making anything at the moment, and that’s not a way to run a business.

    I’ll just add that I’ve had “poor” tenants in the past. Not long ago I had a young couple with a young child. I cut them a lot of slack, they were persistently late with the rent, but I let them off. The thanks I got was that I had complaints from all the neighbours, they damaged the flat, they tried to get out of paying the rent by claiming the flat was uninhabitable (damp caused by them), and they scammed neighbours through false claims about damage to their car (not for the first time as I found out).
    I tried hard to deal with them, but they just weren’t prepared to discuss anything – particularly how to not cause damp and mould. So I wasn’t really left any option – I can’t afford to let my property get turned into a slum, and I rely on goodwill from the neighbours.
    Of course, the likes of Shelter never mention this side of the equation.

  4. There are always cases such as it being sold*, but that isn’t common.

    A lot of rental property will be sold to another person who wishes to rent it out, especially in London. I’ve even seen the presence of a current, good, long-term tenant thrown in as a feature by an estate agent. Buying a rental property with a good, long-term tenant already in is a big plus.

  5. Tim: agree on that. When I bought my shop the fact that the upstairs flat already had a tenant in it was the biggest encouragement to buy it.

  6. @ simon
    New Labour did *not* have 13 years to solve the problem because they created it. They created a shortage: house prices went up more in 13 years under New Labour than in the previous 1300 years (also true for their first 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7 years but not for their first few years because it took some time for their well-meaning policies to have an impact).

  7. @ simon
    One of George Osborne’s changes is designed to tax profits rather than revenue – the replacement of an allowance of 10% of rent for “wear and tear” by the actual cost incurred is an improvement.

  8. @ Tim Newman
    Not if they and/or their parents/grandparents have been there long enough to have Rent Act protection.

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