Survey reveals Southampton is the best place to invest in buy-to-let properties

Southampton tops buy-to-let table

Southampton tops buy-to-let table

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

SOUTHAMPTON has emerged as the best place to invest in buy-to-let properties in the country, a report has revealed.

The city offers landlords the best potential returns while its south coast location and student population contribute towards its strong demand for rental properties.

Southampton also came third in the list of buy-to-let hotspots, research by HSBC revealed.

The report said Southampton offers the best overall potential financial yield for landlords in the country with 8.73% return of an average house price of £143,011.

This strong demand for rental properties is being driven by Southampton's position on the coast which is desirable for seasonal workers and holidaymakers as well as the local university student population, the report said.

Dan Salkeld, lettings manager at Goadsby Southampton said he has advised clients and investors about which areas of the city traditionally produce the best rental yields, how to present a rental property in order to minimise void periods, and attract the right tenants and achieve the highest rental to maximise yield.

He said: “This has resulted in great success and recently two of our investors saw their properties let upon first viewing.”

TABLE

Top 10 best potential places to invest in a buy-to-let property overall, with the average house price followed by the average annual rent and the potential gross rental yield in 2014:

1. Southampton, £143,011, £12,480, 8.73%
2. Manchester, £104,244, £8,316 7.98%
3. Nottingham, £86,000, £6,600 7.67%
4. Blackpool, £77,899, £5,940, 7.63%
5. Hull, £68,243, £5,100 7.47%
6. Coventry, £110,029, £7,800, 7.09%
7. Oxford, £254,514, £17,868, 7.02%
8. Portsmouth, £146,709, £9,540, 6.5%
9. Liverpool, £91,175, £5,928, 6.5%
10. Cambridge, £185,414, £12,012, 6.48%

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8:14am Wed 28 May 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here. FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 5

9:37am Wed 28 May 14

userds5050 says...

So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it.
Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.
So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it. Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle. userds5050
  • Score: -4

10:37am Wed 28 May 14

one in a million says...

Here is the answer to the housing problem; buy to let should be expensive and buy to own should be cheap; there isn't a shortage of housing.
Here is the answer to the housing problem; buy to let should be expensive and buy to own should be cheap; there isn't a shortage of housing. one in a million
  • Score: 6

10:38am Wed 28 May 14

sotonboy84 says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
Well surely if this "section of society" is really affected by private rent, why don't they vote? You can't moan about something but then do nothing constructive to try and change it.

Southampton is a transiant place with students coming and going all the time and the more recent immigrant population (Southampton's population is approximately 10% Polish). This creates a demand for rental properties and investors provide them. If there wasn't a demand for housing then it wouldn't be supplied.

It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]Well surely if this "section of society" is really affected by private rent, why don't they vote? You can't moan about something but then do nothing constructive to try and change it. Southampton is a transiant place with students coming and going all the time and the more recent immigrant population (Southampton's population is approximately 10% Polish). This creates a demand for rental properties and investors provide them. If there wasn't a demand for housing then it wouldn't be supplied. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago. sotonboy84
  • Score: 6

11:21am Wed 28 May 14

elvisimo says...

userds5050 wrote:
So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it.
Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.
same return from a bank - 8%?????
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it. Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.[/p][/quote]same return from a bank - 8%????? elvisimo
  • Score: 5

11:27am Wed 28 May 14

Torchie1 says...

one in a million wrote:
Here is the answer to the housing problem; buy to let should be expensive and buy to own should be cheap; there isn't a shortage of housing.
With lending rates currently at an historic low, buying to own has never been cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: Here is the answer to the housing problem; buy to let should be expensive and buy to own should be cheap; there isn't a shortage of housing.[/p][/quote]With lending rates currently at an historic low, buying to own has never been cheaper. Torchie1
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Wed 28 May 14

southy says...

sotonboy84 said

Southampton's population is approximately 10% Polish

You need to go to the civic center and do some reading, Polish in Southampton is not even 1%, let alone 10%, there,s not even 10% first or second generation immigrants in Southampton, its only when you get to third generation do the % start to rise
sotonboy84 said Southampton's population is approximately 10% Polish You need to go to the civic center and do some reading, Polish in Southampton is not even 1%, let alone 10%, there,s not even 10% first or second generation immigrants in Southampton, its only when you get to third generation do the % start to rise southy
  • Score: -7

12:57pm Wed 28 May 14

southy says...

What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business
What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business southy
  • Score: -3

1:31pm Wed 28 May 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business
It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business[/p][/quote]It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first. Torchie1
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Wed 28 May 14

Quentin Heslop says...

It seems odd so many criticise private rented properties. Why? Most of it is well managed, in good condition and supplies a need. Social housing is not exempt from poor living conditions and the Echo regularly and recently published stories of residents blighted with mouldy properties. None of those were private and my recollection is that most contributors to the comments section decided it was the tenants' fault for not cleaning, working or any other host of social issues. So, if it happens in a private rental, what is the difference.

No one is forced to live in private rented property but for those who cannot raise a deposit it forms a very good source of housing. They wouldn't be able to buy their property so benefit from the service provided by the landlord.

Tenants also benefit from flexibility. If they move job they can give notice (as little as a month) up-sticks and go. Try selling your house that quickly and without estate agents fees, stamp duty, need for new carpets, curtains etc.

If the private landlords remove their service, there will be a lot of people without a decent home and for that service they deserve a decent return, just like Tesco, the local taxi driver or pub landlord.
It seems odd so many criticise private rented properties. Why? Most of it is well managed, in good condition and supplies a need. Social housing is not exempt from poor living conditions and the Echo regularly and recently published stories of residents blighted with mouldy properties. None of those were private and my recollection is that most contributors to the comments section decided it was the tenants' fault for not cleaning, working or any other host of social issues. So, if it happens in a private rental, what is the difference. No one is forced to live in private rented property but for those who cannot raise a deposit it forms a very good source of housing. They wouldn't be able to buy their property so benefit from the service provided by the landlord. Tenants also benefit from flexibility. If they move job they can give notice (as little as a month) up-sticks and go. Try selling your house that quickly and without estate agents fees, stamp duty, need for new carpets, curtains etc. If the private landlords remove their service, there will be a lot of people without a decent home and for that service they deserve a decent return, just like Tesco, the local taxi driver or pub landlord. Quentin Heslop
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Wed 28 May 14

james47 says...

FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.
[quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock. james47
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Wed 28 May 14

userds5050 says...

elvisimo wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it.
Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.
same return from a bank - 8%?????
Try reading the post properly. If you introduced rent caps the yields would be reduced below the current 8% average.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it. Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.[/p][/quote]same return from a bank - 8%?????[/p][/quote]Try reading the post properly. If you introduced rent caps the yields would be reduced below the current 8% average. userds5050
  • Score: 2

6:41pm Wed 28 May 14

southy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business
It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first.
Only if they are registered, many opt out to letting agency if they let them out, but there are to many that owns second and third homes that only pay a % of council tax and lay empty for most of the year.
nice try by you but it only one direction you look at and never the other direction
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business[/p][/quote]It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first.[/p][/quote]Only if they are registered, many opt out to letting agency if they let them out, but there are to many that owns second and third homes that only pay a % of council tax and lay empty for most of the year. nice try by you but it only one direction you look at and never the other direction southy
  • Score: -1

7:03pm Wed 28 May 14

Stubs says...

userds5050 wrote:
So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it.
Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.
So, where's this bank which offers 8%?
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it. Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.[/p][/quote]So, where's this bank which offers 8%? Stubs
  • Score: -3

7:50pm Wed 28 May 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business
It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first.
Only if they are registered, many opt out to letting agency if they let them out, but there are to many that owns second and third homes that only pay a % of council tax and lay empty for most of the year.
nice try by you but it only one direction you look at and never the other direction
You're wrong on so many counts that I couldn't be bothered to waste my time putting you right. Someone not too far from you will probably have read your posts and feel even more certain that 'the standing down on the grounds of ill health' (cough, cough), was the right thing for you to do!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: What is needed is people who own second homes is that first home be treated as domestic and second and more homes be treated as a business[/p][/quote]It may come as a complete shock but income derived from renting out any property has to be declared to HMRC and depending on the owners circumstances, can result in a bill. Nice try but you ought to check your facts first.[/p][/quote]Only if they are registered, many opt out to letting agency if they let them out, but there are to many that owns second and third homes that only pay a % of council tax and lay empty for most of the year. nice try by you but it only one direction you look at and never the other direction[/p][/quote]You're wrong on so many counts that I couldn't be bothered to waste my time putting you right. Someone not too far from you will probably have read your posts and feel even more certain that 'the standing down on the grounds of ill health' (cough, cough), was the right thing for you to do! Torchie1
  • Score: 2

8:17pm Wed 28 May 14

userds5050 says...

Stubs wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it.
Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.
So, where's this bank which offers 8%?
Again, try reading the post properly and following the thread before relying.
I was talking about rent caps being introduced which would reduce yields from the 8% to something similar to what the banks are offering.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: So the higest avergae yield in the country in only 8%. Hardy raking it in is it. Some of the ideas to tackle housing inequality, like rent caps proposed by Miliband, will only making the problem worse. Landlords will be better off turning them back into a family home and selling them. They'll get the same return by sticking the money in the bank, without the hastle.[/p][/quote]So, where's this bank which offers 8%?[/p][/quote]Again, try reading the post properly and following the thread before relying. I was talking about rent caps being introduced which would reduce yields from the 8% to something similar to what the banks are offering. userds5050
  • Score: 2

6:45pm Fri 30 May 14

Dan Soton says...

james47 wrote:
FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.
,,

My adjoining house is a HMO

I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing...

On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment.

Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door

According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers..

As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars...





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[quote][p][bold]james47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.[/p][/quote],, My adjoining house is a HMO I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing... On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment. Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers.. As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars... ,, Dan Soton
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9:44pm Fri 30 May 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
james47 wrote:
FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.
,,

My adjoining house is a HMO

I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing...

On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment.

Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door

According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers..

As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars...





,,
...

IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS?

As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago...

25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control.

Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m..

Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence.

SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anymore who lets a spear bedroom will come under Council control..


POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast..

Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life...


IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL..


,,
[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]james47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.[/p][/quote],, My adjoining house is a HMO I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing... On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment. Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers.. As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars... ,,[/p][/quote]... IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS? As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago... 25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control. Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m.. Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence. SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anymore who lets a spear bedroom will come under Council control.. POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast.. Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life... IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL.. ,, Dan Soton
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9:49pm Fri 30 May 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
james47 wrote:
FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.
,,

My adjoining house is a HMO

I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing...

On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment.

Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door

According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers..

As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars...





,,
,,

IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS?

As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago...

25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control.

Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m..

Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence.

SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anyone who lets a spare bedroom will come under Council control..


POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast..

Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life...


IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL..


,,
[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]james47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.[/p][/quote],, My adjoining house is a HMO I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing... On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment. Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers.. As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars... ,,[/p][/quote],, IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS? As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago... 25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control. Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m.. Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence. SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anyone who lets a spare bedroom will come under Council control.. POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast.. Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life... IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL.. ,, Dan Soton
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1:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
Dan Soton wrote:
james47 wrote:
FoysCornerBoy wrote:
There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you.

There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less.

The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches.

Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories.

We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election.

This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.
The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.
,,

My adjoining house is a HMO

I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing...

On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment.

Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door

According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers..

As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars...





,,
,,

IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS?

As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago...

25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control.

Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m..

Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence.

SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anyone who lets a spare bedroom will come under Council control..


POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast..

Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life...


IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL..


,,
FoysCornerBoy says.. There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/tax payer - doing very well thank you.


What about Labours Council Election pledge to build a house a day.. over 5 yrs 1,825 x £140,000 = £255.5 million

Throw in the 5 yr Right to Buy scheme discount of 34%.. potentially paying out over 86 million to garner a few extra gullible voters in a Local Election.. is that not controversial?

I'd understand a pledge to build one/two bed flats, preferably out of town flats for all the Council tenants who want to downsize.

But a Council house or any house a day ?.. going forward that's hardly sustainable given the already severe shortage of inner city land for new businesses and homes..


http://www.southampt
on-labour.org.uk/our
_pledges



,,







,,,
[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]james47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FoysCornerBoy[/bold] wrote: There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/ tax payer - doing very well thank you. There are now more people renting from the private sector than there are from the Council or from Housing Associations. People in the private rented sector are also paying much higher rents in order to generate returns of 8-12% for owners of property to rent. About 40% of housing benefit paid out by local authorities last year lined the pockets of these private landlords - with the biggest individual beneficiary Government minister, Richard Benyon, MP for West Berkshire, no less. The standards of many privately rented homes in Southampton are appalling and attempts by the Council to regulate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) through a licensing scheme has been met with intense hostility from the Landlords Association and their friends on the Conservative council benches. Planning controls in respect of HMOs are ineffective and biased in favour of (you guessed it) those parts of the City which are represented by the Tories. We have a major housing crisis in the City with more and more people struggling to meet the costs of rent and being priced out of home ownership by spiralling house prices fuelled by the buy-to-let boom engineered by George Osborne to enhance his party's chances of winning the next general election. This is hitting young people - Generation Rent - particularly hard. Unfortunately this section of society tends not to take part in elections. I really hope that at the next general election a party will put forward concrete proposals to seriously address massive housing inequality. I'm convinced there's a large number of votes to be gained here.[/p][/quote]The Labour Party controls Southampton city Council. Any failures on a local level to police HMO licensing etc is the failure of the Local Labour Party and their inept and incompetent leadership. And if you knew anything about HMO policy you would realise that every city councillor hates the idea of HMO's in their area. Not one councillor is "oh please have my area full of HMO's". Complete and utter poppycock.[/p][/quote],, My adjoining house is a HMO I for one haven't seen any of the so call benefits of HMO licensing... On the other side of my wall is a student let that HAS SEEN annual rave ups, I'm talking about 24/7 madness, walls and floors thumping with noise, people queuing down the street as the inside is full to bursting, drugged up girls and boys not even teenagers stumbling in and out at all hours.. shamefully and finally ( after the rave up, when the noise has died down) culminating in a police raid that carted away filming equipment. Is the owner a stupid meatheaded rogue landlord?, the owner is a Southampton University lecture, she had handed over the day-to-day running of the property to a well know Southampton Estate Agent/Letting Agency.. SINCE THE POLICE RAID we've had people friendly students living next door According to Foys CornerBoy Southampton needs more HMOs and more HMOs officers.. As far as I'm concerned you can forget Council HMO licensing give plagued neighbourhoods the police to put rogue TENANTS behind bars... ,,[/p][/quote],, IS THE COUNCILS HMO SCHEME DRIVING UP RENTS? As sotonboy84 so rightly says.. It's not a recent thing either, I remember lots of Portswood and Shirley being student houses and bed-sits 25 years ago... 25 yrs ago Portswood/Shirley bedsits with kitchen could be had for £100 or less p.c.m and most of those student houses didn't come under Council HMO control. Today those ( same size ) bedsits are divided up into STUDIO flats and cost anything over £500 to £700 p.c.m.. Today nearly all student houses fall under Council HMO control.. i.e.. every landlord who owns a property where three or more unrelated tenants live and share facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom will be required to get a HMO licence. SO WHO'S DRIVING UP RENTS? ... 25 yrs ago houses with eight or more tents, today three or more tents, the way things are going tomorrow anyone who lets a spare bedroom will come under Council control.. POINT BEING.. 40 yrs you could leave school at the age of 15/16 yrs get a manual low paid job/apprenticeship ( if away from home paid by company) and afford a bedsit, if you were lucky the landlady would throw in a hot dinner and breakfast.. Today those kids now grown up are left wondering if their stay at home children and grandchildren are ever going to get a life... IN MY OPINION WE'RE ALL PAYING TOO HEAVY A PRICE FOR ORWELLIAN COUNCIL CONTROL.. ,,[/p][/quote]FoysCornerBoy says.. There's clearly a major racket here in Southampton with some people - often generously subsidised by the government/tax payer - doing very well thank you. What about Labours Council Election pledge to build a house a day.. over 5 yrs 1,825 x £140,000 = £255.5 million Throw in the 5 yr Right to Buy scheme discount of 34%.. potentially paying out over 86 million to garner a few extra gullible voters in a Local Election.. is that not controversial? I'd understand a pledge to build one/two bed flats, preferably out of town flats for all the Council tenants who want to downsize. But a Council house or any house a day ?.. going forward that's hardly sustainable given the already severe shortage of inner city land for new businesses and homes.. http://www.southampt on-labour.org.uk/our _pledges ,, ,,, Dan Soton
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