Bad landlord? Take away their property

A committee thinks local authorities should have the power to seize property from irresponsible landlords

A committee of UK politicians have argued that landlords found to be abusing their position should have their properties confiscated.

What it means: A committee investigating 'rogue landlords' has found that many vulnerable tenants often face evictions, unfair rent increases and harassment (surprise surprise). During its inquiry the committee heard of instances where up to 25 people could be found living in a single house with just three bedrooms. It also found landlords who charged tenants up to £500 for a bed in a room with four bunkbeds.

The argument about   conditions often comes down to a power imbalance between landlords and tenants in a competitive housing market. There's a shortage of housing, the tenants may be vulnerable, and don't have many other optiosn.

In this situation, some people (like the MPs) argue that you need tighter regulations (and appropriate punishments) to make sure landlords are behaving properly. Landlords don't currently have complete freedom to do what they like – they could face civil penalties of up to £30,000, and those who break the law can be banned from taking on tenants. But according to the committee it's rarely enforced.

Others say we should let the 'market' decide. If there’s a lot of landlords and not enough renters, there are competitive forces on the landlord to attract renters, incentivising them to bring down the rent and improve conditions.

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  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?