My response to what I can only describe as an inherent hatred for the Working Class who have to rely on Benefit top-ups.
I cant believe the attitude of those “haves” towards the “have-nots”.
Please read – Taken from the link below
From a LEEDS LANDLORD – “I am already refusing to take on anymore DSS/LHA tenants. They don’t deserve the standard I provide or the service in maintenance that I offer.
A house with DSS/LHA gets more wear & tear cos they are sat there all day watching tv, yelling at their offspring whilst on medication smoking skunk/roll ups texting or occasionally venturing out to buy a scratch card.
Have you noticed that electric showers, electric ovens, washing machines & boilers need more repairs than normal private tenants. Ever wondered why? Well because they don’t pay utility bills; DSS/LHA end up on card/token meters. It is perceived that gas is more expensive than electric so the gas doesn’t get topped up as much. They use an electric shower to fill a bath & they leave the ovens open to warm the kitchen up!!
The washing machine is used to wash trainers which damage the internal fins. They never clean the filter & this causes bearings to go eventually. (I never supply white goods anymore anyway cos the tenants tend to steal these when they leave the property)
If we all refused to take on DSS?LHA going forward the government will soon force the local councils to accomodate OUR needs. A proper bond from the tenant, that might mean not going out to the pub for a few weeks that is equal to a minimum of two months rent & explained by the council that if they steal the HB or cause damage then they won’t get rehoused by anybody. Better still they could go to jail on a fast track basis. Landlords would then reconsider taking on these tenants. The law has to change in the landlords favour.
I finally decided to stop taking on DSS/LHA when reading a certain TRO comments on twitter one day. I thought its not only the tenant we have to endure but local gov officials as well. I decided there & then no more. When they don’t understand that there is an actual cost for us to providing properties. They then think we should pay out of our own pockets then ask for rent control well….
“tenants on benefits could no longer be treated like children” Why are we then having to debate the use of Tasker & credit unions to ringfence the HB?
Since that decision I only have a few DSS/LHA tenants now just waiting on a baliff order on one & life has been a lot easier less stressfull & profit margins are up. Yes up. I charge less to private compared to three bed allowance but I make more cash as the wear & tear aka damage & stolen rent & actual management is much much less. The neighbours to these properties are much more appreciative too.
No more DSS/LHA. Try it fellow landlords you won’t look back. “
FROM ANOTHER LANDLORD – “
Yes I think UC claimants are in for an almighty shock when the LL says I don’t want you as a tenant anymore unless you comply with my terms for your living arrangements.
So no skunk, no smoking, no noisy obnoxious kids, no pit bull type dogs,No sitting around all day doing sod all.
If they don’t like the micro-management of their lives by a LL they know what they can do.
If they choose not to abide by a LL strictures then they will forfeit their tenancy and they can go and find another mug LL to take them on.
I reckon lots of LL will take the opportunity of UC to get rid of UC claimants and upgrade their properties via the Green Deal etc and rent out to a working and generally pleasanter type of tenant.
I would even want to see the JSA diary as to the work sourcing activity they have been engaging in.
Supposedly there will be increasing demands from private tenants for rental property and more LL will see this as an opportunity to dispense with UC claimants.
Of course there and will be UC claimants who will have faced a recent change in employment circumstances.
I think the question to be asked of UC tenants is how many generations of your family have been unemployed and what is the employment history of the claimant.”
There are landlords on there I hope I never meet!
My response (not showing yet)
Years & years of policies that push people into accommodation they neither want to be in nor do they wish to have to claim benefits for is creating a social divide that’s crippling this country & comments like the ones above are playing into this scenario.
Totally unfair as only a very small percentage of Housing Benefit claimants don’t work – As you said – “with DSS/LHA gets more wear & tear cos they are sat there all day watching tv, yelling at their offspring whilst on medication smoking skunk/roll ups texting or occasionally venturing out to buy a scratch card.”” As this (obviously very caring) landlord has stated.
If the sensible options were taken, such as redress the balance of more Social Housing & less private rented accommodation with ridiculous rental values, people may not have to rely on Housing Benefit & would have a “Home of their own” to feel proud of. As it is at the moment, many people are being forced to rent at extortionate rate & claim a Benefit they don’t want!
Plus, they have to deal with bigotry like this shown above!
Not everyone claiming a benefit or in Social Housing is morally/socially or educationally inferior In fact your comments prove that money & home ownership doesn’t guarantee educated argument at all!
Educate yourselves – Do something worthwhile rather than blaming the sheep who are being forced into these situations, Blame the farmers!
(That’s an analogy, in case you are struggling).
Why do homeowners (Landlords) believe they have the rights (Shown by the people above) to force themselves into our personal lives, Just because we are renting?
Bigotry / discrimination that is happening daily & even encouraged???