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A strange inversion


Postby UncleEbenezer » December 28th, 2017, 6:58 am

This morning's news: both parties talking about tenants' rights. But they're saying somewhat different things (albeit without sufficient details for a proper critique):

Tories - restrictions on sub-standard and crowded housing.
Labour - protection from no-fault eviction.

That looks like almost diametrically opposite to the parties' relative stance of a generation ago. Tories proposing red tape that will inevitably raise administration costs, smell of micro-management and dampen supply in a very socialist manner, while Labour[1] look to a long-overdue change to offer basic security of one's home.

[1] Provided they don't do something really dumb like fail to preserve the existing but unused provisions for landlords letting out their own home while temporarily away.

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Re: A strange inversion


Postby DiamondEcho » December 28th, 2017, 4:32 pm

It's no wonder landlord's are quitting in droves, the wave of deregulation through the 80s/90/00s is being progressively reversed.

'restrictions on sub-standard and crowded housing.'
I don't have a problem with this. IMV it mostly impacts the rank cowboys, like '12 people living in a rented garage' (there was a purge on many such set-ups down near Hounslow a few years ago).
'protection from no-fault eviction.'
'No fault' according to who? What level of proof required, if it was contested would you have to go to court/wait/seek an enforcement order/wait/get a bailiff? This measure IMO would be a major change - no thanks!

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