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From: Mark Hutchings 17 October 2017 10:40 AM

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The Housing Minister should be seriously worried about stamping on the private landlord sector any more than he already has...unless of course he is confident that Build to Rent subsidized by the tax payer is far enough down the line to start replacing private landlords. Politicians, economists, pressure groups....beware trying to over engineer a market or economy is only for the brave or very foolish. For example on a smaller micro market look at the student accommodation market about to implode in many cities due to over supply, caused by Local Authorities trying to engineer the city housing stock by over regulation, planning breaks etc.....the figures all seemed to stack up until Brexit came along...woops student numbers falling, now we are left with developers going bust and empty buildings left again...failed investments...landlords pulling out of the market. Just think what politicians can do to the the larger property market...rely on fat cat, inefficient, profit driven private organisations to run our private rented sector ..... Do you remember the track records of Councils and Housing Associations in keeping up housing standards...don't worry Shelter are going to very busy investigating the performance of this new Build to Rent world which will just drain public money away into their coffers. Learn from history ...don't listen to the gleaming shining faces of the Shelter utopia...how many have worked in the public housing sector...how many are over 50 years old...how many of them have a real experience and understanding of the the rented sector as a whole.

From: Mark Hutchings 08 March 2017 10:59 AM

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From: Mark Hutchings 27 September 2016 09:11 AM

Mark Hutchings
Landlords will not risk taking on H.B. Tenants who fall into rent arrears spending their benefit on massive T.V.s , new white goods, and the rest etc ...then a landlord serves notice on the AST at the end of the fixed term, and then Councils actually advise the tenant not to vacate the property but to hold over until a court issues an eviction order. Err Councils ...don't complain then when landords avoid renting properties to H.B. applicants...you are not playing by the rules, it is the AST that has allowed the private rented sector to grow and to provide a housing stock for people to rent. Central government / Council / Housing Association building has been virtually nothing over the last decade, government has been happy for the private sector to fill the gap. Now the private rented sector has grown, now government wants to control the sector via red tape, and pressure towards the Fair Rent System ...7 year Tenancies...before we know it we will have Regulated/sitting tenants again...back to the future ...no back to the 70's...which will destroy the private rental sector. But wait we have on the horrizon , Build to Rent schemes run by financiers, pension funds and fat cat national agencies...I am sure this appraoch will be very cost effective ! Just get some proper controls in place to help private landlords manage H.B. Tenants and you may find this is the most cost-effective and productive way to increase housing to lower income or disadvantaged sectors of our community. Use the money to support private landlords, pay landlord their rent direct, and cover losses due to court hearings / evictions.

From: Mark Hutchings 19 February 2016 13:38 PM

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