Renters too scared of eviction to report housing problems

Renters too scared of eviction to report housing problems

Renters too scared of eviction to report housing problems

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

THOUSANDS of people who rent their home in the North-East are too scared of being evicted to ask their private landlord to fix a problem in their home, according to a charity.

A poll for homeless charity Shelter found that one in 12 renters - eight per cent - in the North-East avoided asking their landlord to repair a problem or improve conditions in the last year because they feared eviction.

One in 100 private renters said they had actually been evicted or served with an eviction notice because they complained to their landlord, letting agent or council about a problem that was not their responsibility.

Shelter said it had also uncovered shocking cases of so-called revenge evictions across the country, including a family handed an eviction notice three weeks after reporting damp and mould to their landlord and a couple who complained about a broken thermostat, mould and damp that was affecting their health, and were served an eviction notice just a week later.

The charity is launching an online petition at www.shelter.org.uk/9millionrenters, campaigning for the Government to protect renters from revenge evictions.

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2:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

If you don't want to be evicted become a responsible adult and full member of society - save, work hard, become resposnible for yourself, stop expecting the rest of society to subidise you, and buy your own house. Thereafter, ensure that the most important payments are made first (mortgage, gas, electricity, water). Then, and only then, consider non-essential items such as cigarettes, having further children, mobiles and branded trainers.
If you don't want to be evicted become a responsible adult and full member of society - save, work hard, become resposnible for yourself, stop expecting the rest of society to subidise you, and buy your own house. Thereafter, ensure that the most important payments are made first (mortgage, gas, electricity, water). Then, and only then, consider non-essential items such as cigarettes, having further children, mobiles and branded trainers. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -15

10:06am Wed 12 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking.
before commenting try reading the article.
voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking. before commenting try reading the article. punkrocker
  • Score: 7

11:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

charliebrown1 says...

punkrocker wrote:
voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking. before commenting try reading the article.
quite rightly said punkrocker, voice of reality obviously didnt read this report correctly.
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking. before commenting try reading the article.[/p][/quote]quite rightly said punkrocker, voice of reality obviously didnt read this report correctly. charliebrown1
  • Score: 4

11:25am Wed 12 Mar 14

laboursfoe says...

punkrocker wrote:
voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking.
before commenting try reading the article.
You're right, social housing is much cheaper...
..... because part of it is paid for by someone else
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: voice of reality did you actually read the article. people like you hate social housing simply because the tenants have some rights unlike with private housing. social housing is also much cheaper but you cannot understand that simple fact. folk on the minimum wage and zero hours will never get a mortgage but that is obviously beyond your thinking. before commenting try reading the article.[/p][/quote]You're right, social housing is much cheaper... ..... because part of it is paid for by someone else laboursfoe
  • Score: -4

11:30am Wed 12 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Just another tax payer funded report written by a meaningless "charity" to justify its existence. It will be filed away in the WPB like millions of others.
Just another tax payer funded report written by a meaningless "charity" to justify its existence. It will be filed away in the WPB like millions of others. David Lacey
  • Score: -4

12:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Dear Punkrocker.
1. You are quite correct - social housing is cheaper - well done – that is one of the problems with it – state subsidising of artificially high living standards to which certain sectors have come to believe they have ‘a right’ rather than a responsibility to ‘man up’ and provide for themselves.
2. Folk on the minimum wage need to have worked harder in their earlier life - and to work harder now. It is not my fault that they chose to enter such professions and yet I am expected to support them.
3. If I am to support them - as I do through being a net contributor to the state (something which they are not) - I should have some comment on how they fritter away the state mandated charity that I am forced (against my better judgment) to give them. Therefore, I do not think they should have any luxuries in life, should not be allowed to breed, and should not be given holidays until such a time as they can afford to stand on their own two feet.
4. If they do not like the suggestions in point 3 - they could always stop relying on handouts, and cut their expenditure or work harder.
So, punk, I did clearly read the article - the problem is that the hardworking tax payer is now expected to support an ever growing number of workshy who are maintained through access to services that, in years gone by, would have ensured that Darwinism triumphed.
Dear Punkrocker. 1. You are quite correct - social housing is cheaper - well done – that is one of the problems with it – state subsidising of artificially high living standards to which certain sectors have come to believe they have ‘a right’ rather than a responsibility to ‘man up’ and provide for themselves. 2. Folk on the minimum wage need to have worked harder in their earlier life - and to work harder now. It is not my fault that they chose to enter such professions and yet I am expected to support them. 3. If I am to support them - as I do through being a net contributor to the state (something which they are not) - I should have some comment on how they fritter away the state mandated charity that I am forced (against my better judgment) to give them. Therefore, I do not think they should have any luxuries in life, should not be allowed to breed, and should not be given holidays until such a time as they can afford to stand on their own two feet. 4. If they do not like the suggestions in point 3 - they could always stop relying on handouts, and cut their expenditure or work harder. So, punk, I did clearly read the article - the problem is that the hardworking tax payer is now expected to support an ever growing number of workshy who are maintained through access to services that, in years gone by, would have ensured that Darwinism triumphed. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -2

1:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

hasanopinion says...

this article has absolutely nothing to do with people living on benefits. the problem has absolutely nothing to do with the tax payer being expected to support the workshy. the problem is people who think they have what it takes to buy and manage rental properties. I live in a rented home, both my partner and I work hard to pay our rent, our bills and support our family. we fortunately have the most amazing landlady who manages her properties very well indeed. she recognises that when repairs need to be done they have to be done. we report any repairs that need to be done knowing they will get sorted and we dont fear eviction. ALL PRIVATE LANDLORDS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THEIR TENANTS. Unfortunately there are too many greedy landlords who buy properties for as little as possible spend as little as possible on them and move anyone into the properties because simply they want to make as much money as quickly as possible. they do not for fill their obligations and avoid doing repairs, there absolutely has to be some kind of protection for the tenant, I would not be happy to pay the level of rent I pay if my landlady did not show the level of respect she does and carry out repairs when they are needed. I had an intermittent problem with the boiler, I got a new boiler. I couldn't bleed two radiators, not a problem they were replaced. two doors started to crack near the hinges they were replaced. its doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that without tenants there is no rent being received at all. So to evict one family because you don't want to spend money fixing a repair in the long run is going to cost you.
this article has absolutely nothing to do with people living on benefits. the problem has absolutely nothing to do with the tax payer being expected to support the workshy. the problem is people who think they have what it takes to buy and manage rental properties. I live in a rented home, both my partner and I work hard to pay our rent, our bills and support our family. we fortunately have the most amazing landlady who manages her properties very well indeed. she recognises that when repairs need to be done they have to be done. we report any repairs that need to be done knowing they will get sorted and we dont fear eviction. ALL PRIVATE LANDLORDS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO THEIR TENANTS. Unfortunately there are too many greedy landlords who buy properties for as little as possible spend as little as possible on them and move anyone into the properties because simply they want to make as much money as quickly as possible. they do not for fill their obligations and avoid doing repairs, there absolutely has to be some kind of protection for the tenant, I would not be happy to pay the level of rent I pay if my landlady did not show the level of respect she does and carry out repairs when they are needed. I had an intermittent problem with the boiler, I got a new boiler. I couldn't bleed two radiators, not a problem they were replaced. two doors started to crack near the hinges they were replaced. its doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that without tenants there is no rent being received at all. So to evict one family because you don't want to spend money fixing a repair in the long run is going to cost you. hasanopinion
  • Score: 3

2:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

all those who say council and housing association housing are a drain on the state miss one very obvious and simple point. As most of this housing is 50 years old and more it has already paid for its self many times over.
something many on here cannot seem to grasp. but when should facts get in the way of the truth for poor bashers.
all those who say council and housing association housing are a drain on the state miss one very obvious and simple point. As most of this housing is 50 years old and more it has already paid for its self many times over. something many on here cannot seem to grasp. but when should facts get in the way of the truth for poor bashers. punkrocker
  • Score: -1

11:49am Sat 15 Mar 14

Colcat says...

Moron.
Moron. Colcat
  • Score: 0

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