Get advice on home repossessions

Get advice on home repossessions

Get advice on home repossessions

First published in Your Letters

I would like to respond to the article about ‘Borough’s Toll of Repossessions’ in the Dorset Echo of August 19, both as a private landlord and a borough councillor.

In the borough a very large proportion of our rented accommodation belongs to private landlords, the majority of whom are landlords who own one or two properties and maintain them to a high standard. Like anywhere we also have landlords who are not so good.

Fortunately we do not usually have rogue landlords of the type frequently experienced in large towns who own large numbers of substandard housing and who run them by threatening and intimidating tenants.

The council does have the power to clamp down on these landlords when reported.

As a councillor, people come to me for help on a number of housing issues.

When there is the potential for people to fall behind with either rent or mortgages or their query involves a landlord asking tenants to leave, my advice to them is to talk to Housing Solutions at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

The council offers advice and assistance and can often provide solutions to residents so that they can remain in their own home.

The council has a role in preventing homelessness but can only act while the resident is still in their property.

Where unaffordability is the issue they work with CAB, Shelter and other agencies, and in exceptional circumstances can direct them towards funding to help with mortgage arrears.

If the problem is a potential eviction by a landlord they can help find alternative accommodation and in certain situations may be able to provide assistance with rent deposits.

However, what is not commonly appreciated is that if someone gives up their tenancy or moves out of their home without formal legal processes having been exhausted, they may be considered to have made themselves voluntarily home-less, which would then limit the council’s options to provide support.

Therefore, my advice to residents would be, if you have a problem, don’t leave it, talk to the council or the CAB and certainly don’t move out of your home until you have taken advice. Cllr Gill Taylor Lib Dem Group Leader – Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

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7:24pm Sat 23 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

"I am a buy to let landlord with a vested interest in perpetuating the myth that buy to let landlords (as opposed to accidental landlords) perform a service to society by buying up housing and driving up prices, thus ensuring that young people can never afford a home of their own. I ensure that my tenants have no rights to have a pet without my permission and must ask if they want to change the colour of a wall or hang wallpaper in a child's bedroom. I claim that i provide this service from the kindness of my heart, but in reality i know full well that rising rents push more and more people into reliance on housing benefit, which means that taxpayers are being asked to pay money into private pockets. After six years of extraordinary government measures (FLS, Help to Buy) designed to keep me in clover at the expense of savers, I still claim to be a wise investor putting back into society. You should vote for me because you know you can rely on my lack of vested interests."
"I am a buy to let landlord with a vested interest in perpetuating the myth that buy to let landlords (as opposed to accidental landlords) perform a service to society by buying up housing and driving up prices, thus ensuring that young people can never afford a home of their own. I ensure that my tenants have no rights to have a pet without my permission and must ask if they want to change the colour of a wall or hang wallpaper in a child's bedroom. I claim that i provide this service from the kindness of my heart, but in reality i know full well that rising rents push more and more people into reliance on housing benefit, which means that taxpayers are being asked to pay money into private pockets. After six years of extraordinary government measures (FLS, Help to Buy) designed to keep me in clover at the expense of savers, I still claim to be a wise investor putting back into society. You should vote for me because you know you can rely on my lack of vested interests." JamesYoung
  • Score: 12

10:29am Sun 24 Aug 14

heartfelt says...

Agreed, we must all do our utmost to ensure the most successful (eg: only) growth industry of the past decade, The Buy To Let sector, can continue to flourish unabated thereby ensuring the rise and rise of Generation Rent.
Agreed, we must all do our utmost to ensure the most successful (eg: only) growth industry of the past decade, The Buy To Let sector, can continue to flourish unabated thereby ensuring the rise and rise of Generation Rent. heartfelt
  • Score: 3

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