‘Slum landlords will be tackled in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Val Slater Coun Val Slater

A crackdown on slum landlords and a battle against fuel poverty are among new measures being considered to improve the district’s housing stock.

Housing chiefs have unveiled a five-year plan in a bid to ensure everyone in Bradford has a home where they can be safe and healthy.

The Housing Federation has previously warned that the district has a dire shortage of affordable homes and the new document, by Bradford Council and the Bradford Housing Partnership, called ‘A Place to Call Home’, sets out aims to build more housing and bring more empty homes back into use.

The strategy looks at housing plans for 2014 to 2019, in an update to previous homelessness and housing strategies which ran from 2008 to 2013.

And it reveals that 25,000 households in Bradford (12 per cent) live in fuel poverty, the highest rate in West Yorkshire.

It says: “For a home to be truly affordable, householders need to be able to maintain and heat their homes effectively.

“Bradford has a higher than average number of homes without central heating, and our legacy of terraced and back-to-back housing means many households struggle to insulate and heat their homes effectively.”

The report says providing insulation and other energy efficiency measures will be critical in helping people reduce their bills and fight fuel poverty.

The document also warns of the risks that many private tenants face because of low-quality housing.

It says about two in every five privately rented properties (41 per cent) has at least one significant hazard, such as a risk of falling on stairs or excessive cold.

In 2012-13, Bradford Council received more than 1,600 inquiries from people who wanted the quality of their housing improved, with the vast majority of these relating to privately rented homes, the report reveals.

In about 700 of these cases, landlords were served with notices requiring them to undertake urgent repair works.

The report says in the future, there could be “proactive enforcement initiatives in areas with a concentration of poor quality housing”.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, said: “Our vision for the district is that everyone should have a place to call home which is suitable for their needs.

“We have worked with a range of partners to develop the strategy and are keen to hear the views of residents in the Bradford district and welcome all comments.”

In total, the document sets out four main aims. They are: l Building more homes and bringing empty ones back into use l Making sure properties keep people healthy and safe l Ensuring there are enough affordable homes and that people can afford to heat them l Preventing homelessness and supporting independent living.

People can e-mail their views on the new strategy to housing.strategy @bradford.gov.uk.

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Wednesday, January 15.

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9:45am Tue 17 Dec 13

collos25 says...

YS wants to look at some of her fellow cllrs but if she has anything to do with it its they have no need to worry.
YS wants to look at some of her fellow cllrs but if she has anything to do with it its they have no need to worry. collos25

3:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mad matt says...

I'd like to know how many of these 'slum landlords' are actually registered as landlords, or are they just doing it 'on the fly'?
I'd like to know how many of these 'slum landlords' are actually registered as landlords, or are they just doing it 'on the fly'? mad matt

4:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Banni2 says...

Slum housing breeds slum landlord, poverty is the wood that fuels the fire that ensures corrupt landlords profit from others misery.. Bring on the Rumanians!
Slum housing breeds slum landlord, poverty is the wood that fuels the fire that ensures corrupt landlords profit from others misery.. Bring on the Rumanians! Banni2

6:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Victor Clayton says...

Banni2 wrote:
Slum housing breeds slum landlord, poverty is the wood that fuels the fire that ensures corrupt landlords profit from others misery.. Bring on the Rumanians!
Has a point.
[quote][p][bold]Banni2[/bold] wrote: Slum housing breeds slum landlord, poverty is the wood that fuels the fire that ensures corrupt landlords profit from others misery.. Bring on the Rumanians![/p][/quote]Has a point. Victor Clayton

7:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Not so simple says...

Check this out and pass it on.

If you or someone you know is suffering from fuel poverty then get in touch with this company who did some work for an elderly neighbour. It's a government backed scheme offering free energy saving boilers and insulation. I understand the insulation is free to all regardless of income. However to get a free boiler or a central heating system the householder has to qualify.

To qualify the house has to belong to you or be rented privately from anyone but the council or a social landlord. You will also need to show evidence of one of the following benefits/credits to qualify; either receive working tax credit and have children in the house, or receive child tax credit or recieve a pension credit. Those in receipt of income based ESA or JSA need to have children or recieve a higher rate of disability benefit.

You can contact the local assessor on 07852 148408 who will be able to explain this further as I'm just repeating what I see on their literature. From what I've read up this is a great scheme and anyone can apply. I suggest you apply ASAP as the sooner you apply the quicker the work will get done with NO COST TO YOU OR THE LANDLORD.

Pass it on to those who you reckon could benefit from this.
Check this out and pass it on. If you or someone you know is suffering from fuel poverty then get in touch with this company who did some work for an elderly neighbour. It's a government backed scheme offering free energy saving boilers and insulation. I understand the insulation is free to all regardless of income. However to get a free boiler or a central heating system the householder has to qualify. To qualify the house has to belong to you or be rented privately from anyone but the council or a social landlord. You will also need to show evidence of one of the following benefits/credits to qualify; either receive working tax credit and have children in the house, or receive child tax credit or recieve a pension credit. Those in receipt of income based ESA or JSA need to have children or recieve a higher rate of disability benefit. You can contact the local assessor on 07852 148408 who will be able to explain this further as I'm just repeating what I see on their literature. From what I've read up this is a great scheme and anyone can apply. I suggest you apply ASAP as the sooner you apply the quicker the work will get done with NO COST TO YOU OR THE LANDLORD. Pass it on to those who you reckon could benefit from this. Not so simple

7:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Not so simple says...

Also re the slum landlords....go check out some of the old council housing now known as the private company called Incommunities; you will find that you won't find many satisfied tenants...only way to find out is if you do a massive door knocking consultation with an internal inspection. Re the private landlords..well if the social landlord is say 'below par' then what do you expect the private landlords will be like. I did some voluntary work for a local residents association and can speak with experience when I say the above. Of course it's all without PREDJUDICE !,,,
Also re the slum landlords....go check out some of the old council housing now known as the private company called Incommunities; you will find that you won't find many satisfied tenants...only way to find out is if you do a massive door knocking consultation with an internal inspection. Re the private landlords..well if the social landlord is say 'below par' then what do you expect the private landlords will be like. I did some voluntary work for a local residents association and can speak with experience when I say the above. Of course it's all without PREDJUDICE !,,, Not so simple

10:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DJbarfi says...

I would like to know what the Council Benefit Service does when a tenant fails to use the Housing Benefit to pay the Landlord? Those interested (so should the T&A report Claire Armstrong) will be in for a shock. Lets be clear here we are talking about taxpayers money. So imagine a scenario where two months rent say around £1000 is not be paid to the Landlord; the tenants decides to spend it on himself. How do you think the Councils handles this matter with regards to the tenant and what about the £1000, do you think the Council should recover it from the tenant? So Landlord has to pay his two months mortgage but what support does the Council offer to Landlords?
I would like to know what the Council Benefit Service does when a tenant fails to use the Housing Benefit to pay the Landlord? Those interested (so should the T&A report Claire Armstrong) will be in for a shock. Lets be clear here we are talking about taxpayers money. So imagine a scenario where two months rent say around £1000 is not be paid to the Landlord; the tenants decides to spend it on himself. How do you think the Councils handles this matter with regards to the tenant and what about the £1000, do you think the Council should recover it from the tenant? So Landlord has to pay his two months mortgage but what support does the Council offer to Landlords? DJbarfi

10:57pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Not so simple says...

DJbarfi wrote:
I would like to know what the Council Benefit Service does when a tenant fails to use the Housing Benefit to pay the Landlord? Those interested (so should the T&A report Claire Armstrong) will be in for a shock. Lets be clear here we are talking about taxpayers money. So imagine a scenario where two months rent say around £1000 is not be paid to the Landlord; the tenants decides to spend it on himself. How do you think the Councils handles this matter with regards to the tenant and what about the £1000, do you think the Council should recover it from the tenant? So Landlord has to pay his two months mortgage but what support does the Council offer to Landlords?
I think they (tenants) get emergency 'loans' which take a few pounds of their benefits to pay the rent. Also when a tenant is up for eviction the judges rule that the tenant should pay an extra fiver or so per week to clear the arrears....it can take decades to clear some arrears but the landlord is then stuck with the tenant as he cannot evict...most tend to terminate the tenancy if it's a private landlord...social landlords keep these non payers in.

Also there are many cases when Housing benefits seems to suspend the tenants benefits for months on end till it investigates the tenant...during the investigation the tenants owe the landlords thousands of pounds and are rarely evicted until the investigations are over.

The whole system has a terrible odour de useless about it!
[quote][p][bold]DJbarfi[/bold] wrote: I would like to know what the Council Benefit Service does when a tenant fails to use the Housing Benefit to pay the Landlord? Those interested (so should the T&A report Claire Armstrong) will be in for a shock. Lets be clear here we are talking about taxpayers money. So imagine a scenario where two months rent say around £1000 is not be paid to the Landlord; the tenants decides to spend it on himself. How do you think the Councils handles this matter with regards to the tenant and what about the £1000, do you think the Council should recover it from the tenant? So Landlord has to pay his two months mortgage but what support does the Council offer to Landlords?[/p][/quote]I think they (tenants) get emergency 'loans' which take a few pounds of their benefits to pay the rent. Also when a tenant is up for eviction the judges rule that the tenant should pay an extra fiver or so per week to clear the arrears....it can take decades to clear some arrears but the landlord is then stuck with the tenant as he cannot evict...most tend to terminate the tenancy if it's a private landlord...social landlords keep these non payers in. Also there are many cases when Housing benefits seems to suspend the tenants benefits for months on end till it investigates the tenant...during the investigation the tenants owe the landlords thousands of pounds and are rarely evicted until the investigations are over. The whole system has a terrible odour de useless about it! Not so simple

10:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

DJbarfi says...

I couldn't agree more "Not so Simple". At the end of it honest Landlord and honest tenants lose out (because good Landlord lose faith)....the irony of it all is the INNOCENT become the victims of someone else's crime(s).

There are many Landlords of have decided not to rent, in some way contributing to the housing crisis we are in, but why should they. The fact is when it goes wrong your ON YOUR OWN, THEY SYSTEM TURNS ITS BACK ON YOU.
I couldn't agree more "Not so Simple". At the end of it honest Landlord and honest tenants lose out (because good Landlord lose faith)....the irony of it all is the INNOCENT become the victims of someone else's crime(s). There are many Landlords of have decided not to rent, in some way contributing to the housing crisis we are in, but why should they. The fact is when it goes wrong your ON YOUR OWN, THEY SYSTEM TURNS ITS BACK ON YOU. DJbarfi

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