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Generation Rent claims landlords “silence” tenants in mouldy flats

Activist group Generation Rent has accused landlords of “silencing” private tenants who live in flats hit with damp and mould.

The claim comes in a statement which is actually about the rising homelessness figures produced by the government.

The government’s new snapshot figures on a given night in autumn 2022 show that 3,069 people were estimated to be sleeping rough, a 26 per cent annual increase in the number of people sleeping rough in England.

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The number of people sleeping rough in England is 74% higher than in 2010 when the data started being collected and this comes despite the introduction of the Everyone In scheme during the pandemic. 

The government has also released new statutory homelessness figures, which show the number of households who approached their local council between July and September 2022 and were found to be homeless or at risk of homelessness within the next eight weeks. 

Some 72,320 households in England became homeless or were at imminent risk of becoming homeless– a four per cent annual rise on the same period last year.  In the same period, 25,570 families with children faced homelessness – an eight per cent annual rise on the same period last year. 

Generation Rent’s response focuses entirely on the Section 21 issue.

The group’s outgoing director - Baroness Alicia Kennedy - says: “The ability of landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason ruins lives by silencing tenants living in mouldy homes and, as these figures show, causing thousands of cases of homelessness every month. 

“Nearly four years ago the government committed to ending these unfair Section 21 evictions but we’re still waiting for the Renters Reform Bill. 

“That’s too late for the nearly 60,000 households who have faced homelessness as a result of this law since April 2019. Life in the private rented sector will not improve until Section 21 is abolished and tenants have security of tenure.”

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  • George Dawes

    Oh god not her again

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    What about Charlie, he has evicted his son and family from their tied cottage in the countryside ? Oh so callous evicting an unemployed man with his young family.

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    If I need a give a reason I will never get my properties back. There will be endless counterclaims and counter suggestions. For example the property needs total refurbishment. Tenants needs to move out so I can do it. The counter argument is they can stay living there. There’s no need for them to move out. Which builder will take that job on? I can’t even replace my flooring atm because they know my Nigerians won’t move their stuff to clear the room. More than one said in not so many words that they will just sit on their bottoms and wait for anyone else to do it.

    These people live in La La Land.

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    Mould, the normal cause being condensation caused by lack of ventilation, open a window, how hard is that?

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    It CAN'T be the tenants fault ever Andrew. Not in this 21st century moddy coddling world. It ALWAYS has to be the landlord's fault.

     
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    I agree, Andrew, mould is the new witchhunt. Does mould exist due to bad housing or bad management by the occupiers? In my case, it’s because the tenants do not look after the property
    Jim Haliburton
    The HMO Daddy

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    She was too young to have been in the job. She didn't have experience of what happened before when Landlords lost control of their properties.

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    Leasehold properties are more difficult to maintain due to the existence of the freeholder and other leaseholders. There has to be proper process for exterior repairs. Multiple quotes need to be obtained, the freeholder has to agree the work is necessary, other leaseholders have to be notified and given the opportunity of obtaining more quotes.
    I've just been informed about water ingress in a chimney stack in a ground floor flat. A roofer reckons it's porous bricks and knackered pointing and as no one has an open fire removing the chimney would be the best solution. I'm just waiting for the written quote but from what he was saying it's going to be around £1500 to £2000. Then the freeholder will want us to pay a surveyor, get more quotes which will be much higher when the roofers realise they are dealing with a management company. Then there will be the management company override added on. So there won't be any change out of about £4000. At least one of the leaseholders can't afford to pay her share so the work will be delayed and all the while my tenant has a damp fireplace in his lounge.

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    Had the same problem a couple of yrs ago, flat over shop, but as I was the freeholder it was off with the chimney, felted and tiled over where the chimney was, £1000, job done, no further problems, I hear so many stories about leasehold properties, I've looked at them in the past, but reading the lease has always put me off

     
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    It obviously goes without saying that anyone who has managed to organise their life so that they can purchase properties to rent out must be an evil, money grabbing scumbag sponging on the poor and unfortunate members of society. But how can generation rent be so thick as to not recognise that they are throwing the baby out with the bath water. Their constant (probably politically motivated) attacks on the private sector are resulting in the reduction in supply of good quality housing. Their battle should be with government, their ignorance has no bounds.

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    I lived in my ex local authority flat for a decade and so did countless other Tenants without condensation and mould problems. Then suddenly one pair of young women moved in and it became a real problem. They didn't acknowledge any of my written advice about how to deal with it. they didn't adjust their lifestyle, they just wanted to eat sleep and wash in a property then leave it all day with no open windows and no heating on while they went out and did their careers and their social life. but oh no! this is the landlords problem. they became a real pain and thank god they moved out but it left me with a big repair and redecoration bill. No other Tenant ever caused this problem. Condensation and mould is the tenant's responsibility, they need to read the terms of their lease and act responsibly.

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    I've got one at present, however after politely suggesting she finds somewhere else to live, which she didn't take too well, she is at lease leaving the window slightly open on the catch during in the day now, a slight improvement from before

     
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    I'm moving my mould growing Nigerians on now whilst I still can. I've had a solicitor's letter to defend already. Cost me thousands to put right. I also installed a PIV in the loft. One of her S21 defences was all 4 of her kids now had asthma. She forgot to add herself and her partner to the list thankfully!

     
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    Martin, this wasn't in or near Folkstone was it? Did they have an expensive cat? Your story is mirroring our problem but here they had two major water leaks in mid winter of their doing and refuse to ventilate on security grounds and have continuous wet washing drying. It's a mushroom farm now the weather is warming up and apparently it's all our fault !!

     
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    Wow Nick, they sound like a nightmare 😱

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    It is! I thinks it's important we all share our experiences. I would love to add them to a rogue tenant register.

     
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    Where u tube has military videos they are often accompanied by ambulance chasing legal people,which show cartoons saying l was a so cold referring to a cartoon soldier etc.

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    Let's not forget Michael Gove's replacement in 2 years will be Lisa Nandy. She praised a report for the British Army to be replaced with a 'gender-balanced human security force'.

    I feel so much safer now... not so safe as a landlord of course. But safer knowing I may have some limp wristed emotionally challenged and confused individuals who are more concerned about which pronouns to address our Russian invaders with before they start firing their guns.

     
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    I've never understood the pronoun problem.

    What's wrong with IT if HE or SHE causes offence?

     
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    Robert, I suggest you educate yourself on YouTube by searching for a Ricky Gervais 1 minute clip called:

    Ricky Gervais on Gender Pronouns.

    I think IT is more appropriate too.

    All will be come clear for you I hope!

     
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    Nick

    Just had a look at it, and then at a few other equally hilarious sketches on the same subject - also quite comforting to hear from kindred spirits - although I must remember what my wife says when I am enjoying GB News - not everyone thinks like those who think like me - brought back down to reality with a few cruel words - even my own living room isn't a safe space for me!

     
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    I found Ricky very comforting in these uncertainty lefty times.
    He did some great jokes about Bruce Jenner the Olympian who’s now a lady.

    My fiend has been a strong GB News fan. I have just got into it now. Some very good points. But sadly there’s too many others around who wish to go in the wrong direction!

    If you need to move out and get away from the wife you are free to come around to mind and we can watch GB News together and throw darts at Michael Gove.

     
  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    I prefer the ' Meat and two veg ' pronoun ;-)
    Just don't think the Wokes would see the funny side of it Lol

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    That’s the best one I’ve heard! They would probably have a heart attack!

     
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    I don’t know anything about nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives or logarithms well what would I do with them when I was 55ft under ground putting cast iron pipes under the Mersey king’s Tunnel, although I would give a good go at squaring Pythagoras.

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    That’s more effort than a millennial would put into anything.

     
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    Jo, now is your chance to have your say on leasehold reform.
    The Ministry of National Statistics are currently doing a Survey on this for 3 months.
    Strangely enough I was at a property when he visited, they had picked 25 properties at random, which they purchased from Post Office apparently as I understand it. Good luck.

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    I agree that tenants are responsible for the mouldy conditions in most cases. Prior to covid my son lived in the house with other students and we had no mould problems. During covid, the house was empty for 18 months and we had no mould problems. Then I rented the property to a group of nurses and I end up with mould everywhere, to the extend that it has even gotten under plaster we had to remove the plaster. The reason? These nurses thought that they would save money on heating by turning off all the radiators in the house and closing all the windows! The moisture also caused all of the fire doors to swell, as well. No matter how I explained it to them, when we visited, the rads had been turned off again. To top it off, they then complained because we had to "disturb" them to fix the fire doors and rebate the mould. I have given all of them section 21 forms to have them vacate by April. We then will finish repairs and sell the property. I spent over £50,000 to make this property a home when we bought it as my son was going to uni in Brighton and the places he had been living were tips! I can't wait for these nurses to try and find somewhere nice in Brighton that isn't going to cost them more than they are paying now!

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    Be careful of something called retaliatory eviction. You can’t evict if they have needed some repairs.

    Please ensure you have finished ‘all of the works’ first before you issued your S21.

     
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    We have two female tenants who dry huge amounts of wet washing with windows shut all day whilst working 14+ hours. They also flooded the kitchen with a washing machine hose leak and porch flooding from not shutting the front door properly, both mid winter and likely still trying to dry out. Now they're complaining about the inevitable black mould and dampness and claim that the flat is at fault. I check daily for open windows but they're still closed with water running down the windows and likely cold walls too. We're new to letting and have a pledge to actually reduce the rent after one year for the right tenants who we feel deserve it and need help. The previous owner also kept rent low for the right tenancy and it worked, for over ten years with no tenancy problems, so these two idiots have really lost out !

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