New scheme protects students from unscrupulous landlords

New scheme protects students from unscrupulous landlords

New scheme protects students from unscrupulous landlords

First published in News by , local government reporter

A new scheme aims to help protect students from being exploited when they rent a house.

The Home Sweet Home campaign was launched following a consultation with students and young people who have run into problems when renting from private landlords.

The community campaign, which is being run by students, young professionals and families, will provide tenants with advice and support.

Home Sweet Home leader Chris Henry said: “It’s great to know we have so many people behind us as we take the campaign for better private rented accommodation forward for the better.”

They were joined at the official campaign launch by Brighton Housing Trust, the Southern Landlords Association and |members of Brighton Students Union.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove and Portslade Peter Kyle, who also attended the launch, said: “Having gone through a similar experience at my time at university living in substandard housing, I regret bitterly that I didn’t do something about it at the time and that I wasn’t involved and working alongside other people and |other students in the same |position.”

Tenant Summer Dean was left slumped against a wall in her cold house in tears when her heating broke and no one would take |her calls.

Others described how they were left with nowhere to turn when being confronted by problem |landlord and substandard living conditions.

The campaign is being backed by city housing bosses who have given their support to the efforts being made to offer help to |tenants, particularly those moving into their first home.

Andy Winter, from Brighton Housing Trust, said: “In Brighton and Hove we have some amazingly good private landlords and some real rogues, some people who are unethical and some people who really frankly deserve to be in prison for the conditions that they let their homes in.”

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5:59am Mon 14 Apr 14

rogerthefish says...

As the majority of these houses are licensed by the council there is a redress scheme already in place where a Landlord made to do work/fined/jailed. There is also the deposit protection scheme so the tenants deposit is safe and the onus is on the Landlord to prove any disputes. So the tenants are well protected anyway.
One thing that is lacking is protection from tenants doing basic things like opening windows or not drying clothes on radiators to prevent condensation, you normally find when tenants are complaining nowadays it's all about compensation-or there's a hidden agenda like they have fallen out with a fellow house mate and want to leave early, when was the last time you saw a student house with the curtains drawn at midday?
As the majority of these houses are licensed by the council there is a redress scheme already in place where a Landlord made to do work/fined/jailed. There is also the deposit protection scheme so the tenants deposit is safe and the onus is on the Landlord to prove any disputes. So the tenants are well protected anyway. One thing that is lacking is protection from tenants doing basic things like opening windows or not drying clothes on radiators to prevent condensation, you normally find when tenants are complaining nowadays it's all about compensation-or there's a hidden agenda like they have fallen out with a fellow house mate and want to leave early, when was the last time you saw a student house with the curtains drawn at midday? rogerthefish
  • Score: 5

9:23am Mon 14 Apr 14

leftysmellbags says...

If you read nothing but the Argus you would think that the Sun shone out of these students ****. The reality for a proportion of students is as follows:

1) They trash the rented properties
2) They do not report to landlord when things have broken etc, giving the landlord a chance to put right.
3) They are bad and not regular payers.

Lets not forget that these beloved students choose to rent these bad properties (no one forces them), plus they probably rent run down accommodation because its cheap.

The Argus never seems to give the landlords perspective whilst writing these stories. Probably coz its a lefty run rag.
If you read nothing but the Argus you would think that the Sun shone out of these students ****. The reality for a proportion of students is as follows: 1) They trash the rented properties 2) They do not report to landlord when things have broken etc, giving the landlord a chance to put right. 3) They are bad and not regular payers. Lets not forget that these beloved students choose to rent these bad properties (no one forces them), plus they probably rent run down accommodation because its cheap. The Argus never seems to give the landlords perspective whilst writing these stories. Probably coz its a lefty run rag. leftysmellbags
  • Score: -9

11:27am Mon 14 Apr 14

redwing says...

If you read the article properly you can see it isn't just about students renting at all. Of course the Argus focuses on that because students are unpopular and are handy for deflecting attention from the exorbitant rents private landlord charge, and the common practice of revenge evictions by landlords when tenants ask for reasonable repairs and housing standards.
If you read the article properly you can see it isn't just about students renting at all. Of course the Argus focuses on that because students are unpopular and are handy for deflecting attention from the exorbitant rents private landlord charge, and the common practice of revenge evictions by landlords when tenants ask for reasonable repairs and housing standards. redwing
  • Score: 7

7:27pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

This is a pre election attempt at gaining the student vote.
Mr Randall knows full well that there is a licensing system in place already. He should also be aware that despite taking money from landlords to licence properties, the system has not taken any action against rogue landlords and the kids still live in dumps.
This is a pre election attempt at gaining the student vote. Mr Randall knows full well that there is a licensing system in place already. He should also be aware that despite taking money from landlords to licence properties, the system has not taken any action against rogue landlords and the kids still live in dumps. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -2

1:48pm Tue 15 Apr 14

tony_c says...

very funny to see the first two comments on here (one from before 6am - wtf!!!) - are attempts to spoil the article's subject matter i.e. the shoddy and sometimes criminal letting of houses by unsavoury landlords - not that they all are like this.

the question is: are these first two bemoaners just sad trolls who live an electronic life of contradiction because being vile to absolute strangers, based purely on speculation and stereotypes (rather than reading the article correctly or having any compassion or intellect), is all they have to clutch onto?

or... are they biased against students or tenants? i.e. are they landlords? have they had a bad time with students? or at least believe the stereotypes they've heard about students? maybe they can't read? because the home sweet home campaign isn't just on behalf of students (though it is partially being enacted by students who have been treated unjustly and, despite being very busy at this time of year, are taking a stand on behalf of current and future renters in Brighton and Hove).

essentially, I can't think of any other answers to why these two are so eager to attempt to spoil what is a just and necessary plight. from personal experience and from accounts of others it is apparent that there is not enough information about tenants' rights in Brighton. and there is not enough regulation on letting agents and landlords to ensure they do not wrong and deceive their tenants.

finally, these accusations of students being trouble makers and not taking responsibility for damages. i think this is prejudiced and an inflammatory thing to say, but also, so what?! this is what deposits are for! if students (or other tenants, because this IS NOT A STUDENT ONLY CAMPAIGN!!! - strangely I feel it is a more cynical reason than ignorance that these attempted belittlers have sought to take this anti-student stance against this article and this NOT JUST STUDENT-led, -designed or -protecting campaign) do cause damage to the property they rent, their deposit will be used to pay it. if they cause damage in excess of their deposit, i am sure the legal system will enable the landlords to seek reparations too. and if the depositor holders/legal system decree the students have been destructive and such, they will pay for their ways. though, i have witnessed and been recounted with many tales that imply that many landlords - with or without disrespectful, damage-causing tenants - have no problem abusing their obligations to their tenants and the (naive) trust that many tenants have for them, taking their cash, making false promises and exploiting their (relative) wealth and experience of the housing process to discourage tenants from pursuing matters further and, if necessary, scaring their wronged tenants away from enacting justice against these shysters!!

something must be done!

viva la rentalotution!! (that is a revolution in how renting works...)
very funny to see the first two comments on here (one from before 6am - wtf!!!) - are attempts to spoil the article's subject matter i.e. the shoddy and sometimes criminal letting of houses by unsavoury landlords - not that they all are like this. the question is: are these first two bemoaners just sad trolls who live an electronic life of contradiction because being vile to absolute strangers, based purely on speculation and stereotypes (rather than reading the article correctly or having any compassion or intellect), is all they have to clutch onto? or... are they biased against students or tenants? i.e. are they landlords? have they had a bad time with students? or at least believe the stereotypes they've heard about students? maybe they can't read? because the home sweet home campaign isn't just on behalf of students (though it is partially being enacted by students who have been treated unjustly and, despite being very busy at this time of year, are taking a stand on behalf of current and future renters in Brighton and Hove). essentially, I can't think of any other answers to why these two are so eager to attempt to spoil what is a just and necessary plight. from personal experience and from accounts of others it is apparent that there is not enough information about tenants' rights in Brighton. and there is not enough regulation on letting agents and landlords to ensure they do not wrong and deceive their tenants. finally, these accusations of students being trouble makers and not taking responsibility for damages. i think this is prejudiced and an inflammatory thing to say, but also, so what?! this is what deposits are for! if students (or other tenants, because this IS NOT A STUDENT ONLY CAMPAIGN!!! - strangely I feel it is a more cynical reason than ignorance that these attempted belittlers have sought to take this anti-student stance against this article and this NOT JUST STUDENT-led, -designed or -protecting campaign) do cause damage to the property they rent, their deposit will be used to pay it. if they cause damage in excess of their deposit, i am sure the legal system will enable the landlords to seek reparations too. and if the depositor holders/legal system decree the students have been destructive and such, they will pay for their ways. though, i have witnessed and been recounted with many tales that imply that many landlords - with or without disrespectful, damage-causing tenants - have no problem abusing their obligations to their tenants and the (naive) trust that many tenants have for them, taking their cash, making false promises and exploiting their (relative) wealth and experience of the housing process to discourage tenants from pursuing matters further and, if necessary, scaring their wronged tenants away from enacting justice against these shysters!! something must be done! viva la rentalotution!! (that is a revolution in how renting works...) tony_c
  • Score: 7

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