Oh, and we should screw every landlord in the country too.
But that is not to say that there are no costs to an epidemic: clearly there are. In that case the question has to be asked as to who should bear that cost. There are three groups who should.
Firstly, landlords should. I have already suggested that should the epidemic spread then as a matter of statutory right any tenant should be provided with a minimum three-month rent-free period to ease the stress upon them whilst this crisis last. I would suggest that the grant of that extension should be automatic to anyone who does not make a due payment of rent on the required date during the period of the epidemic. They should be automatically granted this extension by the landlord without having to make any further application or to complete any additional paperwork.
I stress that the cost of this will fall directly upon the landlords in question.
It’s amazing how Ely Sageism makes things worse, isn’t it?
I will accept the current view that at periods over the next six months many, if not most, people UK will get this virus and that at any point in time up to 20% of the working population will be off sick, self-isolating, or caring for members of their family.
Hmm. Average sick days is about a week per person per year. We’re talking about – perhaps – a doubling of that. Covered, largely, by extant sick pay arrangements.
So, why the need to screw every landlord?
Which is why we are indeed in favour of cakeism and not Sageism.