Inflation Flat, Rents Soaring And Letting Agents Are Still Whining

chicago-rent-strike1On the same day it was reported that inflation had dropped to 0% a report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (pdf) gleefully announced that rents are rising due to soaring demand for housing.
31% of letting agents reported rent increases between January and February with rises highest in the South East and “intense competition” for housing in London. Even the language used reveals a private rental sector that is broken beyond repair.

Tenants are customers, they should not be in competition for housing, landlords should be in competition for tenants. Even by the vile standards of a free market run rampant that is how it is supposed to work. No-one is in competition to shop at fucking Tesco. And yet even during this boom time for letting agents and landlords they can still find something to complain about.

The report warns that 70% of letting agents say landlords will pull out of the market if three year tenancies are introduced as Labour have vaguely promised to do if they win the election. They expect us to believe that buy-to-let landlords will all start paying their own mortgages in protest if they are no longer able to evict tenants at the drop of a hat.  They must think we are fucking idiots.

Millions of people are now living in private rented accommodation and can face eviction, for any reason, with just two months notice. As house prices soar and social housing disappears that means millions of people who will live their entire life without ever knowing what it is like to have a secure home. And all to prop up parasites in the private rented sector who are exploiting the fucked housing market to wring out every last possible penny from their tenants. Tenants who in many cases may already be living in desperate poverty.

Rent caps are needed urgently, but even that would only fix rents at their current astronomical levels. A huge expansion of social housing is the only real solution to the UK’s housing crisis. That means in London not one more yuppy flat should be built until there is no-one at all on housing waiting lists.   Alternatively we could all stop paying our rent and really give the bastards something to complain about.

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51 responses to “Inflation Flat, Rents Soaring And Letting Agents Are Still Whining

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM, THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, SHOULD READ THIS;

      Criminally negligent manslaughter occurs where there is an omission to act when there is a duty to do so, or a failure to perform a duty owed, which leads to a death. The existence of the duty is essential because the law does not impose criminal liability for a failure to act unless a specific duty is owed to the victim. It is most common in the case of professionals who are grossly negligent in the course of their employment. An example is where a doctor fails to notice a patient’s oxygen supply has disconnected and the patient dies (R v Adomako). Another example could be leaving a child locked in a car on a hot day.

  1. Boom goes the IDS dream of a transient workforce, years of work/welfare bullshit and no MSM journalist has bothered to ask what the projected outcome of their work/welfare reform vision will look like.

    What are they going to do build cargo camps for the economically displaced and disposables.

  2. overburdenddonkey

    https://libcom.org/history/1915-the-glasgow-rent-strike neoliberalism same shit diffe..rent daze….

  3. overburdenddonkey

    the reasons for the welfare state expressed by prof allyson pollock…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz5dl9fhj7o

  4. On the subject of Housing:

    When the ConCon Trash speak its easy to show its Trash.

    Now where do I start? Lets start at the beginning shall we. A] who can afford on low wages to save the deposists that are demanded? Poor people ruled out – in fact the majority of those wishing to buy. There are restrictions on who can apply for help B] buying under the scheme is all well and good – stable morgate…. but the rents go up year on year, how to pay for that? [its not mentioned in any of the public prenoucements I notice]. C] as the scheme is aimed at new builds most properties will be flats… now the next big problem rears its ugly head … the abuse of service charges by landlords etc i.e. cost of what is actually say £2500 suddenly baloons to £25,000+ – and normally no recourse not to pay.

    I am sure people can come up with their own horror stories

  5. Improved specialist employment scheme will double number of disabled people supported into work

    DWP Press Release 24th March 2014

    Nearly 1,000 more disabled people a year will benefit from specialist employment support thanks to a new scheme announced today (24 March 2015).

    The Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme will ensure 1,700 disabled people across the country receive work-related support annually. It is expected to help 1,250 disabled people into jobs over the course of an initial 2 year contract.

    Read More:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/improved-specialist-employment-scheme-will-double-number-of-disabled-people-supported-into-work

    • Mark “Lazy” Harper said “Double bubble disabled cash cows”.

      • “It builds on the foundations of the Residential Training College (RTC) model and includes most of the existing 9 institutions that currently deliver provision for only 800 students and mainly offer on-site courses.”

        Residential Training?

        The Workhouse returns.

        • Nothing about the disabled people`s health & the care they need for each health condition. Nothing about disabled people`s needs on a daily basis. It`s all work work work training training training while the health conditions get worse. After all that 100`s millions spent disabled people are left in poverty even if they have a so called job from the jobcentre placement. Poverty trading disabled slaves to work for a lot of the time for nothing – it is called training. & What The Law Says You Need To Live On Each Week – or perhaps letters & writing is a thing of the past & is all on line with no proof or receipts to make it proof. The Onus Is On The Burden Of Proof.

          I DON`T SIGN NOTHING – UNLESS IT IS ON MY TERMS.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “THE SES SUCCESSFUL CONTRACT BIDDERS ARE”

        The successful bidders are outlined below:
        Pan-disability (for people with all disabilities)

        Shaw Trust
        Remploy (MAXIMUS FALSE ACCOUNTING INDUSTRIES)
        Kennedy Scott
        Steps to Employment (St Loyes, Enham and Portland Colleges)

        Visual impairment

        Royal National College for the Blind

        Hearing impairment

        Doncaster Deaf Trust

        …………………………………..WATCH THE WHEELCHAIR USERS JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO ENABLE CASH PAYOUTS TO THE BIGGEST SCROUNGERS ON PLANET EARTH.

        HELPED INTO A PERMANENT JOB, NEVER………………………………

        JUST ANOTHER RUSE FOR THE PRIVATEERS TO SUCK THE BLOOD OF WELFARE PAYMENTS FROM THE CLAIMANTS.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “IT COST £49,000 PER HEAD TO KEEP THEM IN WORK FOR UP TO THIRTEEN WEEKS”

        ………………….Another success story from the DWP clowns handbook

        Residential Training Provision – Independent Advisory Panel Report
        More recent (unpublished) figures for 2011/
        12 show around 850 starts on RT, from a
        wide mix of age groups. These are taken from
        around 1100 referrals. From this, there
        were 317 job outcomes achieved at a
        cost of (approx) £49k per job.
        From the 317 job outcomes achieved through
        residential training, 253 of these were
        sustained outcomes, meaning th
        at the trainee was in empl
        oyment for at least 13
        weeks in the 26 week period after leaving th
        eir RT programme (29% of RT starts).

        “THESE FUCKERS MUST BE RUBBING THEIR HANDS”

        RTC
        Location
        Region
        Disability Type
        Queen Elizabeth’s
        Foundation for Disabled
        People
        Leatherhead
        South East
        Pan Impairment
        Doncaster College for the
        Deaf
        Doncaster
        Yorks & Humber
        Hearing
        Impairment
        Finchale Training College
        Durham
        North East
        Pan Impairment
        Queen Alexandra College
        Birmi
        ngham
        West Midlands
        Visual
        Impairment
        Royal National College for
        the Blind
        Hereford
        West Midlands
        Visual
        Impairment
        RNIB College
        Loughborough
        Ea
        st Midlands
        Visual
        Impairment
        Portland College
        Mansfield
        East
        Midlands
        Pan Impairment
        Enham
        Andover
        South East
        Pan Impairment
        St. Loye’s Foundation
        Exeter
        South West – but
        with facilities in
        the North West
        (Warrington) and
        Wales (Cardiff).

        • GEOFF REYNOLDS

          “IF THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER IS £49,000 PER HEAD TO KEEP THEM EMPLOYED FOR JUST THIRTEEN WEEKS, WHY NOT PAY THE CLAIMANTS A PROPER WAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE.?”

          THIS WOULD SAVE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF POUNDS

          “Residential Training is intended to
          help long term unemployed adults with
          disabilities , particularly those at risk fr
          om exclusion from
          the job market, to
          secure and sustain employment or self
          employment through an individually
          tailored combination of gui
          dance, learning in the work
          place, work experience,
          training and approved qualific
          ations. This will include
          helping Participants to
          overcome barriers to enable them to secu
          re employment that is expected to
          last at least 13 weeks.”

  6. Breaking down the Disabled Barriers PLC at the DWP & Jobcentre. With a little help from Disability Confident PLC.

  7. Disability Discrimination needs to be used more often, since that`s all the DWP do. When will the UK have some Human Rights.

    DISABILITY IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE IT IS A HUMAN RIGHTS & EQUALITY ISSUE.

  8. Vote for Slave Trading with Disabled Slaves.

  9. Have you got any jobs tripping over. Tripping over jobs are the best. It is a part of the department of Health & Safety in the work place.

  10. That tick box in the form is not an exact square = That makes the form invalid. Also anything else on there like putting a Integrity Department Stamp on the place where I sign makes it invalid. You can only stamp it after I signed it in the box that has been changed like the date of the form – date printed & crossed out with bio there underneath a different date in bio = INVALID. I now have 10 forms because I have to get DWP to keep sending me forms that are not doctored. With 10 empty form it is easy to run a scam made easier by the DWP.

    LOOP HOLES.

  11. The legislation (or lack of it) relating to private renting in the UK is a scandal. I only realised we are such a shabby, miserable, penny-pinching (if not penny saving) hole when it comes to renting privately, from friends from places like Belgium, Germany, etc.

  12. Housing associations and private landlords might want to try and convince us that we are ‘customers’, but we don’t actually conform to any legal definition of what a customer is, as a customer has a right to withold payment for poor service. The idea of choice is largely irrelevant, and we don’t have a legal right to withhold rent, though this can be done effectively in some circumstances, though getting advice is crucial. Those of us claiming housing benefit are in a particularly awkward situation, as many of us have our rent paid directly to our landlords/housing associations. Universal Credit will change this, (and housing associations are already bleating about this) amd make the tenant responsible for paying the rent. Apart from the risks of building up arrears, which could all too easily happen, as people living at social security level don’t have a huge amount to start off with, often have debts, and multiple calls on their meagre income, housing associations are also worried about tenant activism where witholding the rent, could become a tactic. Given the way that many housing associations are increasing rents at way beyond inflation, and now charging rents that are substantially higher in real terms than they were 25 years ago.

    I’ve been reading around this subject just recently, and it would seem that rent controls, as well as secure tenancies, (i.e. those based on the idea that you have security of tenancy if you pay the rent, and for as long as you pay the rent) would make buy-to-let a poor investment, and indeed could lead to a lot of housing going on the market and house prices dropping substantially. Of course, this wouldn’t go down well, as so many now see property as an investment rather than what it ought to be – a home. There is no reason, all other things being equal, why anyone who wants to own a home, shouldn’t be able to do so. Again, not everyone wants to own a home, so adequate, and affordable housing needs to be available to those who want it. I also wouldn’t be against the idea of tenants being able to buy affordable council/housing association homes, so long as the price reflected the cost of a replacement, (minus any equity that the rent had already paid off) and any income raised was ring-fenced and re-invested into the provision of more affordable housing. We’re not going to see this happen, as too many people have a vested interest in regarding housing as an investment opportunity that will increase it’s value in real terms over a period of time, plus bringing in a nice little earner in the meantime.

    • Another Fine Mess

      We can’t build more houses because the fake value in property is the only thing holding the banks up.

    • Our housing association now demands a months rent up front, regardless of your circumstances. No new tenants will be allowed to sign the tenancy agreement until this is paid, they reckon you can apply for DHP to cover it, but what happens when the coucil runs out of funds? More wonga for Wonga?

  13. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Apart from the justifiable anger at private landlords profiting massively from an acute housing shortage, Johnny Void calls attention to their complaint about Labour possibly damaging their profits by introducing fixed term tenancies for three years. Possibly. This seems an extremely mild measure, but nevertheless it’s enough to have them foaming at the mouth. Of course, Mr Void’s correct: it is a bluff. One cannot imagine many of them now pulling out of the letting agency, not when they would have to pay the mortgage on multiple properties. If they did, some would surely be forced to sell them, which would actually mean that house prices should, in theory, start going down. And they really, really wouldn’t want that.

    But Johnny Void is right: what is needed is more council housing. Sibrydionmawr also makes good points in his comment discussing why tenants aren’t like customers, who have a right to withhold payment for shoddy goods, and about the effect of rent controls and secure tenancies. These would make much of the letting industry uneconomic, and should lead to more houses coming on to the market. Which would be good for the homeless, but not for the whining landlords Mr Void rightly castigates here.

  14. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “THE DWP IGNORE THE LAW”

    From: Elaine Smith

    16 March 2015

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    I am writing on behalf of my husband Roy Smith. He won an appeal
    for ESA 11th february, 2015 with a recommendation from the judge
    and doctor that he should not have to have another medical for 24
    months.
    We have now been informed that he needs to go for another Atos
    medical to be assessed. He was awarded 19 points at his appeal.
    Surely he should not have to go for a medical so soon after winning
    appeal. Could you please explain this

    The appeal was held at Bradford tribunal centre

    Yours faithfully,

    Elaine Smith

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/esa_tribunal_won_but_still_requi#incoming-632377

  15. Harper stays silent over his “totally unacceptable” office access measures

    DNS – 20th March 2015

    The minister for disabled people has been heavily criticised for failing to ensure that his constituency office is accessible to disabled people, after Disability News Service (DNS) confirmed that a ramp used by his staff is potentially unsafe.

    One leading disabled access consultant described Mark Harper’s failure to provide proper access to the office in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, as “totally unacceptable”.

    And the president of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness [Sal] Brinton, also a wheelchair-user, called on Harper, Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, to review the accessibility of his office.

    This week, DNS confirmed that the doorway to Harper’s constituency office in Cinderford high street is just 32 inches wide, and has a large step in front of the door.

    The entrance to the office is situated on a hill, which means that a standard temporary ramp would be unstable and potentially dangerous. The pavement outside the office is too narrow for any wheelchair-user or scooter-user to enter the office safely.

    Despite this, Harper’s staff use a standard ramp to provide access to the office for wheelchair-users and others who cannot manage the step.

    There are also no parking spaces available outside the office.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/harper-stays-silent-over-his-totally-unacceptable-office-access-measures/

  16. Trio who ‘avoided hate crime sentence for second time’ show law ‘is a joke’

    DNS – 20th March 2015

    One prominent disabled campaigner said the case showed the treatment of disability hate crime by the criminal justice system was “a joke” and a “toothless weapon”.

    Last week, Ben Dean, Keian Heap and Jack Clark, all from Bury, were convicted by a court of offences relating to a “merciless, sadistic and bloodthirsty attack” last October on a young man with bipolar disorder.

    The trio had already been convicted of a separate attack on a young man with Asperger’s syndrome in a Bury park, in 2013.

    Neither of the attacks appears to have been treated by the courts as a disability hate crime, which would have seen the three young men handed stricter sentences.

    They are just the latest in a long line of violent, targeted crimes carried out against disabled people, which have not been treated as hate crimes by judges and magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police forces.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/trio-who-avoided-hate-crime-sentence-for-second-time-show-law-is-a-joke/

  17. Tenants in so called “buy to let schemes” are not only living with one landlord, they have at least two and have legal redress (however scanty) over only one of them. Landlords who borrow to “buy” very rarely make sufficient returns to keep accomodation in good repair and rely on ever increasing house prices to make any return (or to break even). One of the strongest and most simple solution to the rental market is to extinguish Buy to Let mortgages. It would certainly take the heat out of the false market that’s been created (begun by Thatcher and her morons) and return it to more realistic levels.

  18. Most lettings agencys are run by ….filth…….and we are at the mercy of this…filth….becouse there’s no houseing left well no social houseing anyway our political class no matter what side they are has sold the people of this country down the river …sold of ….anything and everything….they have de industrialized the country leaving a broken country were …property…..is the only industry left and if your renting …god help you its like being on shifting sands and if your a social tennant at the mercy of the private landlords like me than double god help you the not fit for perpos multi ocupancy hovel were I live has chronic structual problems bad sanitation ,bad everything …but. I darent say anything I can’t put my head up I’m on hb you see and my landlords scared of universal credit even though he made millions from hb .. I don’t wanna get evicted I haven’t got anywere eles to go and I’d end up street homeless …..and that terrifies me ..so at the moment I just have to stay low keep quiet and put up and shut up god bless to all the other people in a simmilar situation

  19. Now that everyday deaths from botched sanctions targets seem to be accepted as the norm, the DWP are fighting tooth and nail to keep the facts of what they did envisage, secret from the electorate.

    They are merely public servants that fear prosecution from their heinous crimes on the most vulnerable, but the freedom of information commissioner, CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM, is now in charge of protecting those who have committed crimes against the people.

    Having no regard for real justice, this yellow streak of a pen pusher is the final bastion of releasing the truth to the families and friends of those left short by the insensitive ethnic cleansing policies of the coalition government.

    It would seem that as far as the DWP are concerned, a death here and there is now acceptable, even the media news channels, like the BBC and Sky have been nobbled to look the other way………………..

    The latest questions from the people to the DWP have concerned PIP RISK REGISTERS and HOW MANY OF THOSE PEER REVIEWS INTO BENEFIT RELATED DEATHS, HAD BEEN SANCTIONED?

    INo comment is not an acceptable alibi to murder in high office, corporate manslaughter, yet the government use the term that “IT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO KNOW THESE THINGS”

    We all know that it is entirely in our interest to know these things as we must bring about change.

    Meanwhile the corpses are stacking higher as CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM’S resolve to keep the body count flowing reaches a climax……………….

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MR GRAHAM, PROTECTING THE UNWORTHY IS PARAMOUNT TO SAVING LIVES……………………

  20. Family of Northfleet grandfather Andrew Kirchin told he was dead while he was on holiday in South Africa

    Kent Online: 19th March 2015

    A grandfather has spoken of his shock after returning from holiday to find a letter telling his family he was dead.

    Andrew Kirchin, 63, has spent the past month fighting to prove he is alive after a case of mistaken identity meant his pension was stopped.

    Gravesham council wrote to his family saying they were “sad to hear of their recent bereavement” on February 7 after it was given wrong information by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    The letter also stated that the housing association they worked with would be taking back his house as it was now empty.

    The letter was opened by his daughter Susan, 30, who feared the worst and tried to get hold of her father

    Read More:
    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/i-got-back-from-holiday-33627/

  21. Date: 25 March 2015
    Dear Mr Allen,
    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 2 March
    2015.
    You asked:

    Please can you provide the DWP polices regarding a claimant been
    accompanied by another person while attending a job centre appointment.
    i.e: Carer, reasonable adult, witness.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/accompanied_at_the_job_centre?nocache=incoming-632922#incoming-632922

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      164. Remember, however, that it is the customer who should receive and
      respond to advice given, direct questions at them, not the third party. Treat
      the third party with respect and courtesy, but do not let them control the
      interview.

      ………….which roughly translated means;

      “REMEMBER, IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO BULLY THE CLAIMANT, THAN THE PERSON THEY HAVE BROUGHT TO HELP THEM DURING THE INTERVIEW”

  22. The mass movement of people literally walking the streets vagrant style.

  23. Hello void, I really look forward to your posts. I wish I could donate but, I can barely afford to live as it is. But please keep going!
    I was also thinking about attendance on demo’s and protests etc and I suspect a lot more people would attend if they could afford the travel fares. I know find it hard; and those with a mental illness can’t always get out even though they are often the hardest hit in relation to benefits and housing.

    • Hi Linda. I totally agree with you, the cost of attending demos away from home can be prohibitive. However, most of the big organisations that organise the big national demos in London aren’t really going to do any good – sure, they might look good on the telly, but the kind of demo that is a march, followed by speeches from the usual oh so caring windbags of the Labour Party and the business unions isn’t really going to change anything.

      Why not find out if there are any local groups that campaign and stage demos at a local level. If there aren’t any, why not start one? It doesn’t take a lot of work initially, all you need are a few people who share similar concerns.

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