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Police turn down networking as a way of stopping anti-social behaviour
09/05/2014
4:09 pm
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IT IS OFFICIAL!

After a long awaited meeting with the Avon and Somerset Police Force and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, LandlordReferencing.co.uk has received confirmation today from Sue Mountstevens via email that she "does not feel that Landlord Referencing is something that she can lend her support to" because she is "concerned that this scheme will not solve the underlying crime and ASB issues perpetrated by a minority of tenants."

In light of the recent anti-social behavioral issues for landlords; e.g. selective licensing schemes, coupled with ever increasing legislation being implemented within the private rented sector the whole LRS team is completely gobsmacked by these statements from Ms. Mountstevens.

At the meeting everyone who attended agreed with the statement that 80% of those who actively participate in criminal activity, drug trafficking and anti-social behavior rent their homes and with renters set to dominate the next generation this would inevitably increase - if decisive action wasn't taken.

Having been around for 4 years now LandlordReferencing.co.uk knows better than anyone that it is not a "minority of tenants" who are involved in anti-social and disruptive behaviour - our tenant alert and website statistics evidence that.

CLICK HERE to view our unique Tenant Alert statistics.

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Therefore Landlord and Letting Agents are going to have to prove to police forces and councils across the country that the LRS service is a much needed service in today's society. They can do this simply by joining the network, which is completely free to do so and existing LRS members simply need to carry on spreading the word.

09/05/2014
4:12 pm
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So the police will work with Neighbourhood Watch but refuse to work with the very people that house criminal and anti-social tenants? How does that make sense?! I actually voted for Sue Mountstevens because I believed that as an independent candidate she had her communities interests at heart instead of a political agenda. As a tax paying private renting tenant I have first hand experience of the anti-social behaviour problems that Weston-super-Mare is notorious for and, although I am biased because I work for LRS, as a PRS tenant I truly do not understand how Sue Mountstevens and her team cannot see the benefits of working with a proven deterrent of anti-social behaviour. What a waste of a vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. *sigh* Confused

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09/05/2014
5:09 pm
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Very disappointing indeed. I do my bit with regards to ASB tenants by referencing with LRS, the tenant's employer and their previous landlord whom I also check via the Land Registry. Any tenants that do slip through the net and go on to cause ASB problems are instantly addressed, I make it quite clear their behaviour is not acceptable and they will be evicted without hesitation, whilst their registration with LRS will make it difficult for them to obtain accommodation in the future. Only one tenant changed his ways to a certain extent, but by then the damage was done and he was asked to leave, which he did so. Every other ASB tenant I have had were also quickly told to leave and they all did. Consequently, new tenants get the message from current tenants that ASB is not tolerated and the streets involved have actually become much more peaceful and I have seen a vast improvement in the vicinity of my own and other landlord's properties as a result. I have had the full support of the Police in the past with regards to tenants damaging property, with prosecution should the tenant not pay for the damage they have caused. Other than that, dealing with ASB is done by landlords on their own with positive results as soon as the tenants are evicted, otherwise, the slum landlords that do not give a hoot have lots of problems and devalue their areas.

09/05/2014
6:17 pm
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I am afraid to say to all landlords and letting agents that the police and local councils will not support a PRS network like LRS to help anti-social behaviour because there is too much pressure from others to not exclude bad tenants from our neighbourhoods. If we want to make a difference, then we have to all join together on LRS and show them exactly how we can make a difference.  

The fact is that if we all join LRS then we have a voice against them and I cannot tell you how disappointing it is that yet again we witness such hypocrisy from the peers that we are supposed to trust to help us. All we hear is the media and political hype surrounding the problems we have in our society and all we see is the government continuing with more legislation to make all landlords and letting agents more responsible by law on who we take as tenants yet they will not support a system that is designed to get us to network together to do what they say they want.

You know why they work with neighbourhood watch – because it makes them look good – although  has no real effect on keeping neighbourhoods safe anymore, but it is the perfect cover story for them. The truth is it is all just words, political spin and bluster because when the hand is held out for a real union with something that can really make a difference they show their true colours about what they really care about, themselves, their jobs, their favouritism and their pensions.

Landlords and letting agents – they do not want you to stop taking bad tenants they want you and all the others suckers that believe them to believe they do.

It is a sad day for the human race when we do not grasp something that will help millions of others in our communities because it does not suit our own agenda.  Shame  shame, shame on those that are supposed to be looking after us and protect us in our society and for which we pay them handsomely.

Help me make a difference and please join Landlord Referencing today and get others to join as well as we are the only ones in charge of our own destiny in our own neighbourhoods.

 

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09/05/2014
9:52 pm
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Hmm, speechless for once.

Cathy

10/05/2014
1:07 pm
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In real life LRS mostly move the problem tenants from members to none members, so is likely to put a lot of problem tenants with a few landlords that own properties in a few roads.

I am not convinced that LRS will do anything to reduce the total problem; hence I can see where the police are coming from.   These problem tenants will create even more work for the police if they are homeless.

I am very happy to be a LRS member as I don’t want the problems!

10/05/2014
1:46 pm
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ringi said
In real life LRS mostly move the problem tenants from members to none members, so is likely to put a lot of problem tenants with a few landlords that own properties in a few roads.

I am not convinced that LRS will do anything to reduce the total problem; hence I can see where the police are coming from.   These problem tenants will create even more work for the police if they are homeless.

I am very happy to be a LRS member as I don’t want the problems!

I agree that LRS MAY not reduce the overall problem but what will?  LRS WILL reduce the problem for member landlords but needs the support of local councils, the police and even Shelter.  Behave or be homeless just does not work until the vast majority of landlords are members of LRS, so we need the help of local authorities (who will not cooperate as they have to house the feckless) and the police (who are overstretched).  Nobody save Paul R is willing to make a start.

I believe the solution lies in the hands of the government who currently seem to be doing everything to prevent a solution whilst issuing rhetoric about the appalling behaviour of landlords.  Paul B's quick eviction and Mary Latham's proposals for welfare reforms would solve the problem.

 

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