And The Minister For Housing Is … A Fucking Landlord

landlord-jailedThe interests of tenants and landlords are in direct opposition.  Tenants need secure homes with low rents and which are well maintained.  Landlords however want to charge the highest possible rent for the least possible work and be able to throw a tenant out of their home the second they get a better offer.

This means that you cannot claim to support both tenant’s rights and landlord’s profits.  You have to pick a side.  And we know which side the new Housing Minister Brandon Lewis is on because the register of MP’s interests tells us.  He’s a fucking landlord.

Lewis was first appointed as Minister of Housing in June 2014, replacing parliament’s nastiest, slimiest MP Kris Hopkins.  He was re-appointed by David Cameron last week where he wil continue his work ensuring the UK has one of the most expensive and least regulated private rental sectors in the world.

One of his first moves has been to introduce legislation banning local authorities from introducing licencing schemes for landlords – such as the one recently developed by Liverpool Council.  In future any council which wants to introduce a scheme that affects more than 20% of privately rented homes will be forced to go crawling to central government for permission.

It is astonishing that you need a licence to drive a mini-cab, open a pub or work as a security guard, yet any old crook can set themselves up as a landlord.  The only entry requirement is money.  These are bastards who have a key to our homes, and whose actions, or lack of action can devastate our health and even place our lives at risk.  Is it any wonder that landlord abuse, from sexual harassment, to violence, to illegal eviction to simple neglect, is rampant in the UK?

According to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis only a small minority of landlords are ‘rogue operators’.  Yet almost anyone who has rented privately will have tales to tell of bullying, theft, discrimination, harassment and often criminal negligence.  Even landlords who remain within the law can hike rents, evict without reason or charge eye-watering fees and deposits which exclude many people from any housing at all.   The private rental sector is broken beyond repair and Lewis has no plans to change that.  In fact he intends to continue making money from it.

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35 responses to “And The Minister For Housing Is … A Fucking Landlord

  1. Shelter was founded in England in 1966 by the Reverend Bruce Kenrick, who was horrified by the state of the tenements round his Notting Hill parish. The setting up of Shelter Scotland followed in 1968.

    Soaking up dissent.

  2. The housing situation is currently quite scary. This doesn’t bode well.

  3. Reblogged this on L8in.

  4. When basics (like food or a roof over your head) are in short supply it is the Governments duty to initiate rationing measures to prevent a break down of civil order, so its simple stop one person owning many multiples of properties or get ready for riots.

  5. lol thought I had broke me computer…. pressed the wrong button or summat when I landed on this page lol

  6. Yet again Johnny,
    Another very informative piece of information,
    Cannot believe what l read……

  7. overburdenddonkey
  8. Fat dave appears to be turning over every department to someone who has a financial or ideological stake in wrecking it. I assume he’s done this to make sure he faces no opposition from within the Tory party, so he can spend the next four years on lavish meals, killing wildlife, taking selfies with important people and pointing at fish. Then it will be time for BoJo The Clown or Gidiot to take charge and Fat Dave to become Lord Fat Dave (what’s the betting they find a way to restore hereditary peerages).

  9. I would have thought it would be neigh on impossible to find a tory mp who isn’t a landlord?

  10. We Need Better in Office than Out of Touch Tories

    The Right to a Place of Residence is a Basic Human Right

    Scrap that Part of Laspo 2012 which makes Squatting in an
    Empty ” Residential ” Place an ” Offence ” .

  11. It’s alright for the prime Minister he gets his place free of charge … perhaps it time we made him pay for the Grace and Favour homes that the tax payer is paying for.
    we are his Landlord what shall we do?… we could put all value food in their freezer and let them look for the ‘How to cook labels!

  12. Sorry for going O/T but this should be passed on!
    Don’t know if this has been picked up here yet, but worth posting to get the information out there to those affected.
    Found this on Atos Miracles Facebook.
    A note for anyone who is on ESA or JSA and taking part, forcibly or otherwise, in the Work Programme, in the Yorkshire and Humber region, whose provider is Maximus.
    On 02 February 2015, Maximus took over this area, however, due to an oversight, they were not given the lawful authority to mandate people to attend appointments or participate in their activities.
    Consequently, should you have been sanctioned due to a WORK PROGRAMME failure, in this area, by Maxiumus, and the failure occurred between 02 February and 06 May this year, The DWP MUST overturn this decision, as it has no standing in law. If this applies to you, phone your Jobcentre and enquire with them.
    Whilst this page generally deals with ESA claimants, I would ask that people share this with other benefit related pages of which they may be members, even though this is a JSA related point.
    Maximus in the Yorkshire and Humber region have NOT been awarded EMPLYOMENT OFFICER status, consequently they cannot force you to apply for a job, but more importantly, they cannot raise a case against you for REFUSING EMPLOYMENT.
    The DWP has instructed its staff to cancel any of the above sanction referrals, or revise any decisions which are incorrect as a result of the above oversights. Doubtless, some cases will fall through the cracks, so please check.
    This is rather embarrassing for the DWP, and they don’t want it broadcasting widely, hence one of their ‘LINES TO TAKE’ (I always feel this phrase should have the ‘N’ omitted):
    “There are no communications planned to inform claimants of this issue. LMDMs may receive enquiries from claimants (or Jobcentres on behalf of claimants) asking why a sanction has been (unexpectedly) overturned. The claimant should not be informed that there was no legal framework to mandate but advised that the Department has the authority to reconsider a sanction decision at any point in time.”
    Consequently I would, in the interest of open government, ask you to share far and wide.

  13. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “Who owned the property that Brandon Lewis claimed expenses for and what research costs thirty seven grand?”

    Expenses

    Lewis ran for Parliament in 2010 on a “clean expenses pledge”, pledging to be “completely open about my expenses”. In 2010-2011 Lewis claimed just over £15,000 in accommodation expenses and in 2011-12 and 2012-13 he claimed just under £21,500 for accommodation. Labour MPs called upon IPSA to investigate whether Lewis was using taxpayer funds for inappropriate political purposes after it was revealed that he had claimed £37,000 for “research briefing and other parliamentary associated assistance” to a political campaign consultancy.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “NOT IN MY BACK YARD”

      Earlier this year, Lewis, a member of London Conservative gentlemen’s meeting place the Carlton Club, called for more bungalows to be built in the UK to help provide affordable homes. However, the minister later revealed in his newsletter that he was delighted when a proposed affordable bungalow development in his own constituency was blocked.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “If you did it, it would be classed as tantamount to fraud”

      The communities minister Brandon Lewis claims expenses to rent a property in his Great Yarmouth constituency, while letting out the house he owns there.

      The Tory MP, who was elected in May 2010, said he had decided to let his property instead of selling because it was in negative equity.

      “It costs the taxpayer around £8,000 a year less because I claim rent for my constituency rather than in London,” he added.

  14. Britain – so fucked up it’s fucking up the rest of Europe http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/report-finds-that-britains-wages-are-the-most-unequal-in-europe-10259077.html Britain is now more unequal than any country in Europe and the inequality is distorrting stats about the rest of the continent. Astonishingly, Britain is now more unequal than America. Think what it’ll be like in five years.

  15. UN gives strongest clue yet that UK is facing inquiry over ‘violation’ of convention

    DNS – 15th May 2015

    The United Nations has given its firmest indication yet that it is carrying out a secret, high-level inquiry into serious breaches of its disability convention by the UK government.

    Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last August that the UK government appeared to have become the first country to face an inquiry by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), due to alleged “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.

    The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives “reliable information” that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its optional protocol.

    Because such investigations are conducted “confidentially”, the committee has previously refused to confirm that the UK was being investigated, although a recording emerged [watch from one hour and four minutes]of a former CRPD member revealing the inquiry had been set up.

    But this week the secretary of CRPD, Jorge Arraya, gave DNS the clearest indication so far that there was an inquiry and that it was still in progress.

    When asked whether the inquiry had been completed, he said: “At this point, as this process is confidential, I am afraid I cannot provide any information.

    “Should we be in a position in the future to give you information, we have your contact details.”

    When DNS asked when he was likely to be able to provide information, he said: “Apologies, John, I would like to, but it may create unreasonable expectations.”

    He declined to comment further.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/un-gives-strongest-clue-yet-that-uk-is-facing-inquiry-over-violation-of-convention/

  16. One in five benefit-related deaths involved sanctions, admits DWP

    DNS – 15th May 2015

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that 10 of the 49 benefit claimants whose deaths were subject to secret reviews had had their payments sanctioned.

    The admission came in a response to a freedom of information request submitted by Anita Bellows, a researcher with Disabled People Against Cuts.

    DWP told Bellows that 10 of the claimants covered by the 49 “peer reviewed cases” had had their benefits sanctioned at some stage.

    The figures have caused alarm, as they suggest that claimants who have been sanctioned are far more likely to suffer a death linked to their benefit claim than those who have not been sanctioned.

    This week, a press release put out by the new employment minister, Priti Patel, stated that sanctions were only used “as a last resort in a small percentage of cases”, with less than six per cent of JSA claimants and one per cent of employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants being sanctioned.

    But this compares with more than 20 per cent of benefit-related deaths reviewed internally by DWP that involve someone who had been sanctioned.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/one-in-five-benefit-related-deaths-involved-sanctions-admits-dwp/

  17. Campaigner celebrates second victory in battle over court discrimination

    DNS – 15th May 2015

    A disabled campaigner has succeeded in proving that he was discriminated against – twice – by the courts service.

    Doug Paulley, a wheelchair-user, has taken a string of cases against public bodies and companies for alleged discrimination under the Equality Act.

    But his latest victory has given him particular satisfaction, as he represented himself in court against a highly-paid government barrister.

    This latest case concerned the treatment he received from the courts service while trying to resolve another legal case, in which he had sued several companies for providing misleading and contradictory information after he tried to book accessible train travel to a family funeral in north London in May 2013.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/campaigner-celebrates-second-victory-in-battle-over-court-discrimination/

  18. It Need’s Britain to Wake Up and Stop it’s Trance of Obliviousness
    to Get the Issue Addressed

    Down with Tyranny and Oppression

    KentAllard | May 19, 2015 at 10:26 am | Reply

    Britain – so fucked up it’s fucking up the rest of Europe http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/report-finds-that-britains-wages-are-the-most-unequal-in-europe-10259077.html Britain is now more unequal than any country in Europe and the inequality is distorrting stats about the rest of the continent. Astonishingly, Britain is now more unequal than America. Think what it’ll be like in five years.

    • People who are not affected by government cuts are not in general going to lose any sleep over the unemployed being forced out of their homes. We are still a small minority of the working age group and it would require protests on a vast scale to force a rethink by politicians. Without union help of some kind we may have to experience more hardship for years to come. The rich have all the influence. They have all the high ranking officers in the army that would make the soldiers turn on people if it ever came to that. The system should be changed. Prince Harry might be a nice lad but with just one o level he goes to Sandhurst and is guaranteed to become an officer while a guy from a council estate with ten o levels will be lucky to make sergeant after ten years service.

      • overburdenddonkey

        rob
        remind them they’re next on the list, to list with hunger…we have to make our voices heard…

      • Rather than nurture their own the working class mothers are awestruck by the Prince and condemn and measure their off-springs failure by the Prince’s entitlement and privilege.

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  21. They could not have picked a worst candidate?!

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