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  [Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 20 October 2015 - 03:48 pm GMT
erewhon

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What if housing associations could set their own rents instead of there being state control over social
etc rent levels? Because that is what they are aiming for.

http://24dash.com/news/housing/2015-10-20-Housing-associations-are-working-towards-being-able-
to-set-their-own-rents-by-2020



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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 24 October 2015 - 12:53 am GMT
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Well from the response I guess everybody here trusts Peabody to stick to social rent levels.

Unlike tenants of some other HAs whom, I hear, expect social rents to disappear in 2020, which is the target date NFH has set for achieving abolition of government capping of the rents they can set.



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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 04 December 2015 - 10:01 pm GMT
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Beware! The Housing & Planning Bill currently before Parliament proposes that a housing association tenant household in London which has a total income of 40K pa counts as "rich" and the Government can require housing associations to charge full market rent. Not a word of concern about this from any HA, in contrast to their noisy but ineffectual fuss about the extension of right to buy. (See my letter in The Guardian 21 11)

The absence of any effective Parliamentary Opposition makes campaigning about this a bit of a bugger.

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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 18 December 2015 - 02:28 pm GMT
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The Housing and Planning Bill does far worse than this. It is designed to completely dismantle social housing as anyone's fairly secure home.Social housing will all be on short tenancies with no right of succession. This even will affect people who being decanted because their estate is being renovated or demolished & rebuilt.

It means that ordinary low or middle income people who get a better job or a pay rise may have to move out into the private rented sector whether they can afford to or not.

The Housing Bill even includes a clause giving 'in principle' planning permission for housing estates to be designated and redeveloped as 'brownfield' sites. This seems to be regardless of whether or not communities are living there. The government encourages local councils to set targets for the building of new homes on brownfield sites.

Secure and assured tenancies as we know them will be phased out, as will the right to succession for tenant's children/relatives. All new social rent tenancies will only be for 2 to 5 years. People will have to keep reapplying for social rent tenancies after their 2, 3, 4 or 5 year tenancy ends (the stress, the insecurity, and the paperwork for the social landlord!).

The requirement for building social rent homes is being replaced with the requirement to build starter homes, that the buyer can sell on the open market at full market price after five years. So the staggering shortage of social rent housing will increase, and the relatively well-off people who can afford mortgages will be able to buy and make a quick buck.

The government says it is reforming the housing market - it surely is, by replacing social rent housing with new developments with fewer social rent homes (for short term rental only), and plenty of 'affordable' starter homes and full market price housing.

The Bill has its third reading in parliament in January. Now is the time to write to your MPs, everyone!



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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 24 December 2015 - 11:04 am GMT
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Absolutely right erewhon. Private Eye this week says the Government's plan is to reduce Council Housing to an "ambulance service" for the homeless and nothing more. Looks like the same for Housing Association homes too.

The idea that making full market rent voluntary for the likes of Peabody is meant to be reassuring is laughable, given the headlong rush to that sort of level here in Victoria Park, half way between The City and Canary Wharf.

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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 05 January 2016 - 08:46 pm GMT
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It could raise rents to unaffordable levels with most of its properties - Islington, Westminster, Camden, anywhere within an hour or so's travel to the city and west end.



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  [RE: Housing Assocs want to set their own rents] - Posted: 05 January 2016 - 08:49 pm GMT
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And redevelop estates even more easily than it has been doing, as they can be designated as 'brownfield' sites while still fully occupied, with in-principle planning permission for building those starter homes for sale.



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