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    #16
    Obviously landlords do not act collectively. What I meant was that it is only the actions of landlords which have brought in new regulations.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
      What I meant was that it is only the actions of landlords which have brought in new regulations.
      Of course it isn't. There are loads of political, financial and self interest reasons for legislation that are nothing to do with the actions of landlords.

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        #18
        Originally posted by boletus View Post

        Of course it isn't. There are loads of political, financial and self interest reasons for legislation that are nothing to do with the actions of landlords.
        Deposit protection was brought in because tenants were getting ripped off.

        Banning payment of fees by tenants was brought in because tenants were being ripped off.

        Stopping the service of section 21 notices when tenants complained about the condition of a property was brought in to stop just that.

        Regulations relating to the condition of property were brought in because too many let properties were sub-standard.

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          #19
          All those things have been going on for decades and government was well aware of them. Property conditions have actually improved quite dramatically.

          But government has very recently brought in a raft of legislation and taxes because it needs to reverse the increase in private renting.

          Renters vote Labour, homeowners vote Tory. Some tenants also benefitting is a bonus.

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            #20
            The reason for discouraging private landlords is the social harm that is resulting from the PRS. I suspect most landlords are right wing and deregulationist, so natural Conservative voters, not the people that the government would want to lose.

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              #21
              Originally posted by leaseholder64 View Post
              The reason for discouraging private landlords is the social harm that is resulting from the PRS.
              There's some truth in that but a certain level of PRS homes is a good thing and very necessary. Rather than making renting worse, they should be making home ownership easier/better.

              I suspect most landlords are right wing and deregulationist, so natural Conservative voters, not the people that the government would want to lose.
              I think they've worked out that they won't lose them, who else are they going to vote for?

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                #22
                Originally posted by leaseholder64 View Post

                That would be fraud, unless you declared it as commercial waste and paid the tip's commercial waste rates.

                You also need a lower tier waste carrier licence to do this, although that is free of charge. If you charge a tenant to remove their waste, and move it yourself, you will need a higher tier licence.

                I'm sure it happens quite a lot, but my council has actually suggested that one of the main reason for mattresses being fly-tipped is because landlords cannot dispose of them free of charge.

                This is not my council, but explains the general rules: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18...from-landlords
                So everytime, I take something from the tip from a rental property, it's commercial waste, but if my tenant took it, it would be domestic ? The world is madder than I naively thought.

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