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MARK PRISK ASKED TO STEP DOWN
07/10/2013
1:56 pm
Cedric
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Following the @LandlordRef twitter account I have just seen this ‘retweet’ from Mark Prisk:

 

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Been asked to step aside from Housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbencher.

 

Very interesting indeed, don’t you think? Wink

 

07/10/2013
2:34 pm
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Not really, its a cabinet reshuffle Confused

07/10/2013
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Not interesting for the future of the UK housing structure? Having a fresh new take on it? ..OK then Oakhill Confused

 

(For anyone interested) Other moves :

Sajid Javid has been appointed as financial secretary to the Treasury.

Greg Clark has been appointed as minister of state for cities and constitution at the Cabinet Office.

Nicky Morgan has been appointed as economic secretary at the Treasury.

Esther McVey has been appointed as minister of state for employment at the Department of Work and Pensions.

08/10/2013
12:14 pm
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JUST ANNOUNCED :

Kris Hopkins has replaced Mark Prisk – Hopkins was elected in 2010 as the MP for Keighley, Yorkshire. He had previously been a councillor in Bradford.

 

The odious Nadine Dorries has already attacked Mr Hopkins through Twitter ;

 

@NadineDorriesMP
Very sad to see Kris Hopkins promoted. One of parliaments slimiest, nastiest MPs. Really. Awful. Decision.

 

 

 

 

08/10/2013
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08/10/2013
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The Real Cedric said

The odious Nadine Dorries has already attacked Mr Hopkins through Twitter ;

@NadineDorriesMP
Very sad to see Kris Hopkins promoted. One of parliaments slimiest, nastiest MPs. Really. Awful. Decision.

It takes one to know one I guess! Laugh

 

 

08/10/2013
7:11 pm
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Politics does not interest me one bit, and Housing Ministers seem to come and go faster than scotch mist.  However, I have a suggestion – how about PAUL BARRETT FOR HOUSING MINISTER!!!!!!!

Just think of the good he will do for us landlords and even us letting agents (particularly, us oakhill and BRPL).  He will loby Parliament directly to ensure that the way the law works is much fairer towards landlords, will make rent arrears and dilapidations a criminal offence and will hopefully simplify the whole dam tangled mess that landlord and tenant law works.

Come on guys – Vote Paul Barrett for Housing Minister!!!!!!!

Cathy

http://www.heritage4homes.co.uk

 

PS  My tongue was very firmly in my cheek, but you never know …… stranger things have happened.

09/10/2013
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Heritage Estate Agents said

Politics does not interest me one bit, and Housing Ministers seem to come and go faster than scotch mist.  However, I have a suggestion – how about PAUL BARRETT FOR HOUSING MINISTER!!!!!!!

Just think of the good he will do for us landlords and even us letting agents (particularly, us oakhill and BRPL).  He will loby Parliament directly to ensure that the way the law works is much fairer towards landlords, will make rent arrears and dilapidations a criminal offence and will hopefully simplify the whole dam tangled mess that landlord and tenant law works.

Come on guys – Vote Paul Barrett for Housing Minister!!!!!!!

Cathy

http://www.heritage4homes.co.uk

 

PS  My tongue was very firmly in my cheek, but you never know …… stranger things have happened.

Cathy there is method in your madness and I think you may be right but what would we do with all the bodies .SurprisedConfusedLaugh

 

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09/10/2013
4:10 am
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Appreciate the sentiments CathyWink; but all I do is vocalise what I believe most PRS LL believe.

I’m NOT a political animal and never will be……………………………..you have to know about flipping homes to be part of that august assembly, something I know nothing about!!!

I prefer to keep my head below the parapet as I have NO ego to massage!!

The lot of the PRS LL is NOT understood by govt or the likes of Shelter.

There seems little motivation to bother to understand the PRS LL lot.

Effectively we are the whipping boys for all and sundry.

This is a shame; because just a small change in some housing laws and some appreciation of what we PRS LL are about would greatly assist ALL parties.

We PRS LL are part of the solution to the housing issues that face this country.

I don’t believe we PRS LL are asking for much change.

Indeed most would be more than satisfied if we could just repossess our properties very quickly in the event the tenant chooses not to pay rent, for whatever reason.

I can’t see how this would be such a momentous adjustment to make in the housing act.

Obviously the effects would be enormous; but I cannot see how govt can believe it is fair that a private investment is provided free to some tenants due to the slowness of the law and the way evictions are facilitated.

Indeed the situation could be such that the investment is taken away by a lender due to the LL not being able to pay the mortgage because no rent is being paid.

The response I have from lenders is that I should ensure I can service mortgage payments in the event of non-rent payment because i am a business.

Yet HMRC do NOT regard me as a business!!Surprised

Just imagine £50000 being removed from a savings account cos the govt said it was ok for the institution to do so.

Well it is effectively the same if a rental property is repossessed and one loses the deposit invested into the property.

To me it is legalised theft that a  non rent paying tenant can cause a LL to lose the very property that a non-rent paying tenant is eventually evicted from.

The tenant walks away scot free but the LL could be bankrupted and made homeless himself!!Yell

Surely something not quite right here.

I can’t think of any other business model where a user may legally use the service for no payment until evicted.

To me it is akin to squatting.

After all squatting was occupying a property illegally and not paying for it.

I fail to see the difference between a formerly legal tenant who in my book becomes an illegal occupier as soon as they stop paying for the service I provide.

It would seem the law is perfectly content with a business being forced to provide a service for FREE, in this case to a tenant until they are evicted if they refuse to pay rent.

I just DON’t get itYell

However I will not be taking my rants any further than this site.

Paul R is a far better illiterator of PRS LL frustrations to the outside world than myself!

 

 

09/10/2013
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PaulBarrett said
Just imagine £50000 being removed from a savings account cos the govt said it was ok for the institution to do so.

Paul you do not have to imagine, remember Cyprus?

09/10/2013
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The Real Cedric said
Following the @LandlordRef twitter account I have just seen this ‘retweet’ from Mark Prisk:

 

@PriskMark
Been asked to step aside from Housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbencher.

 

Very interesting indeed, don’t you think? Wink Hopkins is 50! Says just how important the role is to Government. The position is no longer a cabinet post either.

 

Younger generation? Prisk is 51,

 

 

09/10/2013
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Ah come on Paul, you know you want the job, just think of all the good you could do for us landlords and letting agents. 

Paul R – what body count, I am sure he would do it cleanly and effectively!

Cathy

http://www.heritage4homes.co.uk

09/10/2013
1:24 pm
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Like it or not Paul B, looks like you have been elected by your fellow landlords.  Perhaps, just perhaps. they agree with your ideas. Smile

09/10/2013
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I do know one thing, if Mr Barret is to become housing minister eviction for rent arrears will be reduced from months to hours.. Ooooh!! Now there’s thought..Wink

 

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09/10/2013
5:36 pm
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Dare I suggest that if we had Paul B’s speedy eviction process the number of evictions would rapidly become, in mathematical terms, vanishingly small.  It would not take long for tenants to realise that not paying rent was not an option and life would be easier for us all.

09/10/2013
6:25 pm
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Heritage Estate Agents said
Politics does not interest me one bit, and Housing Ministers seem to come and go faster than scotch mist.  However, I have a suggestion – how about PAUL BARRETT FOR HOUSING MINISTER!!!!!!!

PS  My tongue was very firmly in my cheek, but you never know …… stranger things have happened.

 

Oh dear, what have I started?! SurprisedCool

 

09/10/2013
8:51 pm
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I am going to be your campaign manager, Paul.  

Cathy

http://www.heritage4homes.co.uk

09/10/2013
10:40 pm
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Thanks; but no thanks CathyLaugh

I am more than willing to support changes from BEHIND the lines!!

I think Paul R is far better at distilling what  has  been stated on his LRS site  and then disseminate that to the general media.

Eviction after 2 weeks of non-rent payment seems to work OK in Australia.

Perhaps as David P suggests that once tenants know they can no longer play the eviction game;  they tend to pay the rent irrespective of any other financial difficulties they may have.

Funny that!!

I believe this is fundamentally down to the fact that nobody wishes to be booted out 14 days after they have failed to make a rent payment and so they always manage to find the rent money!

Australia doesn’t have thousands of  homeless former tenants on the streets following their eviction for non-rent payment.

Because these tenants know what will happen to them if they fail to pay the rent.

As far as I am aware Australia has a perfectly functioning PRS without the need for eviction laws so favouring the tenant.

In fact I have NO issue with the eviction arrangements remaining for ALL other circumstances APART from non-rent payment.

All other circumstances are necessarily subjective and so using the courts to determine a course of action is I believe entirely appropriate.

Non-rent payment is NOT subjective.

The tenant either has or hasn’t paid the rent.

Therefore I see NO issue in requiring the tenant to vacate 14 days after the 1st missed rent payment; assisted by police if they refuse to vacate.

If this came into force LL would have to be very careful about using such quick eviction processes as rent being paid would mean the LL has illegally evicted.

So as a LL I would need to be absolutely certain that the tenant had NOT paid before I required a tenant to vacate.

I therefore believe your Rachman type LL would NOT dare using the non-rent payment stratagem to illegally evict a tenant if rent had been paid.

I honestly don’t know why govt is so sensitive about changing the eviction laws in cases of non-rent payment.

They seem to wish to protect rogue tenants at great cost to the LL and ultimately themselves in lost tax revenue from the losses that LL offset against tax.

It does seem strange that when HMRC is obsessing about tax not paid by PRS LL that they could receive far more tax receipts from the PRS if the LL didn’t have so many losses to offset against their tax bills.

Quickest way to do this is to change the eviction laws in cases of rent arrears ONLY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/10/2013
1:58 pm
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I would definitely vote for Paul Barrett to throw his weight about in Housing and Parliament. Better a Fireman than the spineless truth dodgers so far are selected.

I am TENANT in SOCIAL HOUSING Association–not one of Paul’s or any Private Landlord’s. 

My landlord has not once responded to correspondence from me–  He kept Solicitors and Data Protection Act and any damned clause to remain un-accountable for any comments about my concerns regarding contractors and corruption.

Even my  local MP, untrustworthy i fear, has taken no notice. 

Paul B and I have had our duels–I do hope that his respect for me matches those that I have for him.

I think he once informed me that my ‘choice of expression’ would not get a hearing at Director Board Tables.

10/10/2013
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Appreciate the sentiments Z and actually I have much the same perspective on things as you do.

Housing is a complex issue and as a rank housing amateur I am NOT equipped nor have the wherewithall to take on any campaigning situation.

Your circumstances are unfortunate with you not receiving the service you should from your LL.

The system as ever conspires against the little people and I believe we both fit that category and consequently struggle to make our voices heard.

Were it ever thus!

I don’t envisage that much will change in my lifetime.

I am resigned to the situation and will just try and manage things the best I can.

That is all we can really do.

There appears to be NO recognition or ANY govt move to recognise the eviction imperative.

Until this changes LL will be up against it.

In fact it is so detrimental to the PRS business model as to make such investment very risky.

Very few LL are aware of this parlous situation and it makes things very tenuous as far as any LL is concerned who does know about these things.

I liken this investment model to the investor keeping his fingers crossed hoping he never has to evict someone.

Being a PRS LL is not what it is made out to be………………………….a sure fire thing.

The eviction laws make this situation NOT so.

I am just resigned to the prevailing situation remaining and will use my RGI strategy to prevent my personal financial circumstances being compromised.

This means I CANNOT risk taking on certain tenant types.

But I don’t have any choice because of the way the present eviction laws are constructed in the case of rent arrears.

Well we all have our crosses to bear; I just didn’t realise that there was such a cross and also how heavy the damn thing could be!!!

Had I understood this my way of operating would have been changed the way I did things at the time…………………………….ain’t hindsight a wonderful thing!!!!?

 

 

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