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Slumlords are the best!!!!!!
and for that license to depend on regular inspections of their properties
but the rhetoric coming from this Government shows that their opinion is that landlords can do as they wish with their properties as long as it falls within the law.
But even if you take the existing laws to be insufficient., they're also strangling the ability of local authorities to enforce those laws.
A hurrrr. A durrrr.
but it relates to an individual property. I'd much rather see a licensing system for the actual landlords, but the chances of that happening is pretty remote.
The problem (and this is the same with pretty much all legal proceedings) is that the LA process is very fiddly and precise (because it needs to be) but that also means its quite time consuming. If they could just send around some hired goons...
and form a Fair London Landlords Association and start lobbying
are there any fair London landlords at the entry level in the market?
...but that's about it.
Yeah, that idea's already been put to Londoners. They decided they didn't want it.
except not in Shoreditch and a quarter of the price
But also a real wonder about the decision making process behind living in a shed in Newham with some loon shitting in the front junkyard vs moving somewhere affording a better quality of life. It's not like prices in that area are nationally representative, or the area's home to some unique job role only she can fill.
Not denying that it's a market that puts too much control in landlords hands and doesn't encourage even basic maintenance/improvement at that level, but there are other options.
but I'm sure the one at the end paying £520 a month could get something better than an illegal tenancy with nine other people.
is that a lot of these people are undocumented in some way - lacking bank accounts, credit histories, working cash-in-hand.
Stuff like that makes it really hard to get legit tenancies.
(unless they are just complete cretins and incapable of putting two and two together)
"It is poor people who are being exploited by rogue landlords trying to trade on people's misery." well yes partly so, but it is also the will of the government that this should happen as they created the conditions that inevitable led to this.
Which is why I call them callous and cruel and merciless bastards all of the time.
This is why capitalism is not nice and not right, it needs to be regulated.
It is a good idea to force the evidence under the tories/governments noses though, so they cant escape or ignore (through political arguing) the consequences of getting their own way.
"On 30 April, the housing minister, Grant Shapps, announced that the government was creating a nationwide "beds in sheds" taskforce, to identify the thousands of sheds and outbuildings being illegally rented out, often to illegal migrants. He said it was "a scandal that these back-garden slums exist to exploit people, many of whom ... find themselves trapped into paying extortionate rents to live in these cramped conditions". "
as i would be interested to hear his recomendations. :D
Why have the government instigated policy to create these conditions?
a) fully behind this sort of desperation to give an added incentive to people?
b) just stupid and ignorant of any consequences of their actions?
c) just people who dont have to give considerations to their pragmatic actions because the are just heartless compassionless merciless bastards who just dont give a shit as to what happens to certain people?
slumlords have always existed, exploiting those at the bottom who had few other choices.
(I've just finished a module about the history of Edinburgh. You know how everyone goes on about how amazing the New Town was when it was first built, a UNESCO world heritage site and the first planned city of the modern age? What they don't mention is that when the middle and upper classes fled there from the Old Town, the slumlords who owned all the shitty, rundown tenements subdivided the spacious vacant properties into multiple smaller ones and stuffed them with newly arrived people seeking factory work.)
Of course, recent policy decisions have certainly exacerbated the problems...
"Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (Acevo), warns about in Thursday's Guardian has only just begun. The respected thinkthank the Institute of Fiscal Studies warned in February that 75% of the austerity programme was still to come, including 88% of the benefit cuts."
What is Britain going to be like in 2015? in 2018? in 2020?
ie "that welfare will be increasingly removed"
I have said that this will happen and wanted people to believe me, but people do not believe this, in good enough time.
If people did realise this then they would be able to realise HOW MUCH OF A RADICAL CHANGE IS NEEDED, whereby we need to cease to trade EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED in monetry terms.
However people are not prepared to contemplate this, because the parties that are in power are more accountable to 'other influences'.
A truly socialist government would realise that they can no longer fund welfare and would search for other non monetary resource solutions, possibly by investing what remiaing funds there are in obtaining the other resources that are necessary.
there will always be a bottom, but this is increasing and getting worse, is it not? (Im not as aware of it now, obviously I used to be right on the front line of it, saw an awful lot of people living at the bottom, and fought the good fight.)
but the point is that surely this is increasing now due to the government policies? Or am I just falsely extrapolating this?
My thinking is that, yes, absolute equality cannot be achieved, but an increase in inequality can and HAS been caused easily by policy, therefore my questions regarding the gov/tories still apply.
PS I am genuinely unsure of whether the most accurate accusation to them would be a) heartlessness or b) ignorance of consequences. Of course its a mixture throughout the party, but I am always unsure of how to regard an individual tory/right winger.
The Coalition might well exacerbate the problem but it's not something that's unique to this government - it's a result of social and economic policies over 30 years of both Tory and Labour governments.
it's been widening ever since
i do not consider tony blair to be a socialist, he might be left of cameron, but he is not a socialist to my eyes, to my eyes he is a capitalist
oh ok we'll make it easy for you here, read these comics (newspapers)watch these cartoons (tv political debate) and then put an x on a piece of paper....its a bit like a betting slip, you'll manage it
should not be plotted on a linear scale but humans seem to only deal in this sort of measurement
something like that
but I think Monbiot nails it in point 3. of this article:
On one hand, some people like to point out how London as becoming a modern day Dickensian horrorshow.
On the other hand, loads of people on here get really touchy when anyone suggests that the London property market is mental, by pointing out that it's not expensive for anyone with passion and/or ambition cos you can can earn a wage proportional to the higher prices.
What's a boy to think...
if anyone wants to read me ranting/writing more about housing stuff, I started a blog http://mmitc.wordpress.com/ #ENDJAG
added to my reader.
people in The Professions do earn more to (somewhat) counterbalance the increased living costs of living there. I'm not sure anyone has argued that this applies to everyone. If they have, they're probably a bit stupid.
But I certainly wouldn't argue that the earnings/home costs ratio has massively skewed in the wrong direction in the last few years.
I can't remember any. I can remember instances of people getting a bit touchy with your frequent anti-London sniping though. Not sure if the two things are linked somehow.
Anyone who tries to suggest that the London property market isn't mental needs their head examined, really.
living in the basement....awesome :)