[Ben Reeve Lewis is puzzled by the increasing sexual element in the PRS …...]
I don’t know if anyone has tossed a bucketload of Viagra in the South East London water supply since Christmas but for some reason over the past couple of weeks there has been a sexual element to the world of the PRS around my way..
As reported last week there is the growing problem of landlords offering rooms for free in return for sexual favours and last Friday night I raided a property with police and UKBA where a lady was visiting a house full of illegal immigrants to have sex in return for chicken and chips (we were informed)
On Thursday I paid a surprise visit with planning enforcement to an illegally converted property only to find entry thwarted by the tenant shouting through the door “F**k off we’re having sex”
In addition, last week I went with our planning enforcement bods to an unauthorised porn cinema in New Cross, ably covered in our local paper who sent an intrepid reporter inside to cover festivities……all in the interests of journalism you understand, although the article reads more like a ‘Carry On’ script than a piece of serious coverage.
What IS going on???
What irks is the statement that my lot were unaware of its existence when several of us have already been in there on numerous occasions………PLEASE don’t let me have to state the obvious…”Professionally”…… and stop tittering at the back.
Bloody journalists, trying to make it look as if they got the scoop.
Retaliatory eviction again
The hot debate over laws to end retaliatory eviction continue to be slogged out in parliament and housing press.
This week saw the green light for the expected amendments to the Deregulation Bill to usher in the proposals filibustered out of voting time by Chope and his mate a few months back
Nay saying arguments are all getting a bit predictable.
Tenants rights groups send up an exploding, celebratory rocket while landlord groups try to wee on the blue touch paper by insisting that while they support plans to end retaliatory eviction they feel it will not deter criminal landlords from evicting and will in fact create a rogue tenant’s charter.
Sorry peeps but the landlord argument is such a non starter it hardly bears discussion.
Why landlords are safe with EHOs
I’ve written about this before and what drives the suggested block on s21 proceedings is the council’s EHOs serving some form of works notice on the landlord.
In 25 years I have never met a reckless EHO and I work closely with them all day long.
Their focus is on regulations, not on helping a dodgy tenant block eviction.
Also, bear in mind human nature. If an EHO serves any form of notice this then starts a causal train of paperwork and general pain in the arse case work. Who in their right mind would do that for no reason?
Anyone who thinks that EHOs sit there waiting for daft, unsupported disrepair claims coming in so that can run about like Don Quixote serving pointless notices just to help a tenant out has obviously never worked with an EHO.
They leave the pointless Don Quixote stuff to me and my ilk………….we WOULD do that sort of thing!!! (Joke!…..before the comments start flooding in)
Offensive comments in Chester
Prize for the most stupid, politically correct news story this week goes to Chester’s local councillors complaining loudly about what they termed “Offensive letting agent sign boards”
What exactly did they proclaim? Were they hideously racist?, did they offend anyone’s religious sensibilities?
Well actually, they really stuck the boot into students by describing an area as ‘Studentville’ and starting up a facebook page containing such terrifying insults to humanity as:-
“10 random things to do before you graduate university, including to “steal a traffic cone” to “put on your head and/or use a loudspeaker while being wheeled around in a shopping trolley” and “give a presentation while drunk”..
All of which they were forced to take down after one councillor described the comments as “disrespectful and unnecessary”.
I’m going to write to Chester council to find out the name of that councillor and send them a gift as a reward.
A thick volume of Sudoku, as he obviously has too much time on his hands.
Upsetting students?……Oops, I’ve really done it now!
Outing bad letting agents
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has been at it again with her latest campaign to out bad letting agents.
Apparently she marched a crowd of 60 :Placard waving’ people into the offices of Central Estate Agents complaining that Central were the worst agents in town.
Terrified director of Central Neil Ewen said:
“The atmosphere was very unpleasant. If this had been 100 years ago, they’d have had pitchforks”.
Pitchforks????? What a bizarre image. How did he get to that?
- If this had been 100 years ago they would have all had blunderbusses.
- If this had been 100 years ago they would have put me in an Iron Maiden.
- If this had been 100 years ago I’d have been sentenced to penal; servitude.
Full marks for imagination there Neil.
Tips offs from the Tenancy Deposit Schemes
My colleagues in HMRC have been busy bees targeting landlords through information supplied by tenancy deposit schemes which they then cross reference against tax declared
Amanda Sims of Yardleystar Accountancy said:
“I have had several calls about these letters and HMRC have told me that they have thousands of names from tenant deposit protection schemes confirming who landlords are and the addresses of their rental properties”
Of course none of this will affect the kinds of landlords I have to deal who can’t even spell ‘Tax’, let alone, ‘Deposits’, or know what to do with them.
What made me smile this week
The news that Al Murray’s Pub Landlord is to stand against Nigel Farrage in Thanet with several hilarious vote winning policies that Farrage himself would proudly offer up without the irony
- Other parties offer you the moon on a stick: we’ll do better than that. A British moon on a British stick”
- National Service, but only for people who don’t want to do it
- Unemployment causes crime: I propose to lock up the unemployed. Common sense.
And of particular interest to Landlord Law Blog readers:
- Build some houses but without bringing down house prices. How hard can it be?
See ya next week.