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Generation Rent backs Braverman’s rogue landlord clampdown

Activist group Generation Rent has thrown its weight behind the initiative by Home Secretary Suella Braverman to clampdown on so-called ‘sex for rent’ arrangements.

Over the weekend Braverman announced a call for eviodence to gather more informaiton on the scale of the issue, ahead of likely legislation.

Dan Wilson Craw, deputy director of Generation Rent, says Braverman’s call for evidence on the issue is “vital” and is supported by his group. 

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He claims that research conducted by Generation Rent and Mumsnet estimates that over 200,000 women could be victims of ‘Sex for Rent’ in the UK. 

Four per cent of all respondents indicated that they had been offered free or discounted rent in return for sexual favours. Generation Rent claims this rose to one in 10 respondents with a household income below £20,000.

Wilson Craw goes on: “We know the vast majority of landlords abide by the law: seeking permission to enter and respecting their tenants’ privacy. However, given the unparalleled access landlords have to tenants’ personal spaces and lives, and the scale of the issue, this consultation is necessary in ensuring that everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, has access to a safe and secure home, free from harassment and exploitation.”

The measure - announced over the weekend - is also backed by National Ugly Mugs, an organisation which works to end all violence towards sex workers.

NUM chief executive Dr Raven Bowen says: “We welcome the ‘sex for rent’ call for evidence. As an organisation dedicated to supporting sex workers we have seen first hand the damage that this exploitative behaviour can have, especially on young women and mothers.

“We support action that will clamp down on predatory landlords and we hope that this is accompanied by wider action to combat the fundamental issue of poverty and unaffordable housing that make people vulnerable to this abuse.”

The call for evidence seeks the views of those who have been involved in a sex for rent arrangement, whether they entered into it in an informed and consensual way or were deceived, coerced or compelled.

It also seeks the views of statutory agencies, law enforcement organisations, internet companies that allow the posting of advertisements for accommodation, and charities and other organisations concerned with violence against women and girls.

You can see the government announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exchange-of-sexual-relations-for-accommodation-sex-for-rent

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    More strong leadership from the Conservative Government to improve the hugely important PRS industry - one of the UK's largest industries. Good to see the Home Secretary listen to the 'customer' side of our industry and nice the Generation Rant recognises that the politicians on the right can actually do something good. This is more evidence, if it were needed, that the Conservative administration are determined to make our PRS industry better and more professional. From seeking to upgrade or outlaw energy wasteful EPC Grade D and Grade E houses & flats to stamping out this sickening 'sex for rent' problem. It's all great leadership.

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    In Ealing council most of the landlords are iligally renting , and paying off council to keep out , no checks no nothing rogue landlorda

     
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    Thankyou comrade gibbons. I can feel the glow from your virtue signalling. Onto communal toilets, changing spaces, male ra pis ts locked up in women's prisons ,! Can't write r a p e on here, soon to be decriminalised!

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    Very important to get rid of small Private Landlords that Created the Business out of nothing.
    Now Ripe for the Big Boys to Harvest, plenty more businesses to joining the fray switching now that their own is hitting the rocks because of on-line everything the unintended consequences of Technology.

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    Yes need to get rid of these PLL’s but I hope the law abiding ones don’t get whacked in the law u bring forth. It must just apply or punish them.

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    Just goes to show how statistics can be manipulated. The previous article mentioned 1 in 50 in the last 5 years. So 2% in 5 years. Presumably that's 0.4% in one year. Some of which would have misunderstood and some would have been enthusiastic.

    By carefully selecting respondents this article has increased this to 10% of low income women who fill in surveys on Mumsnet.

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    Very good the Law abiding one’s will be the one’s that Section 24 don’t apply to and claim all their costs + only pay half the amount of tax.
    Oh yea if they have Flats in
    Blocks no licensing required.

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    I suppose it is one way to keep your taxable income in basic rate territory. Maybe alternative payment methods are another unintended consequence of Section 24?
    So if Section 24 is revoked fewer women will be exploited.

     
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    This article is now winding me up. Put the focus on needing more Police, more social workers to look after the vulnerable and more prisons and longer sentences.
    This is just a smoke screen, don't be fooled by it!
    Laws are already in place and if you're going to ignore them you'll ignore any new ones!!

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    We have a police force, for what use it is now, we also have criminal courts, their not much use either .

     
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    200,000 women? What a load of tosh. How many landlords will be victims of vexatious claims from tenants for compensation?

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    GB news, last night, pointed out that a lot of women are being sexually assaulted in hospitals and essentially being covered up, along with censorship in general . Today the minister of health says he is going to do something about it.

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    The Whole Business is getting a right mess. Insurance Companies out of control and Premiums through the roof.
    Today I tried for an alternative Quote went through everything for 20 minutes at least, then declined to give a me a Quote without a Reason, after 50 years without ever having a claim. There’s no Data Protection Act for the Insurance Customer they should at least be required to give the Reason who knows what false information they are storing up, no they are not regulated at all but in collusion.

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    Yet another thing we spend inordinate amounts of time on as part of our hobby. Who else would class hours of admin work as unearned income?
    Wouldn't it be great if an insurance company existed that just insured any property and didn't suddenly change the level of cover?

     
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    Acorns propaganda department have invented a new cute little superhero character to be their champion
    It'S called VENO. MOUSE and just like them it wears a black shirt

  • jeremy clarke

    Of course they back it, they back anything that mentions landlords!

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