Housing

£27 billion for landlords

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Gerry Bates

Private landlords gain about £27 billion a year from housing benefit and tax breaks, according to the Generation Rent lobby group.

There are about 1.6 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK, and about 4.75 million households rent from them. Numbers both of landlords and of private tenants are rising.

The £27 billion total comes from:

£9.3 billion of housing benefit

£1.69 billion of “wear-and-tear” tax relief landlords can claim on their properties

£6.63 billion of tax that landlords do not have to pay on mortgage interest payments

Private landlords gain about £27 billion a year from housing benefit and tax breaks.

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London housing campaigns step up action

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Gemma Short

The occupation of the Guinness Trust estate in Brixton, South London, has ended after campaigners managed to stop the eviction of some residents and secured an agreement for shorthold tenants to be rehoused in secure Guinness Trust houses elsewhere in London.

Campaigners have vowed they will re-occupy if there are any further moves to evict the estate’s 44 tenants.

Housing campaigns across London are stepping up their activities.

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£27 billion subsidies for landlords

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Martin Thomas

Private landlords gain about £27bn a year from housing benefit and tax breaks, according to the Generation Rent lobby group.

There are about 1.6 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK, and about 4.75 million households rent from them. Numbers both of landlords and of private tenants are rising.

The £27 billion total comes from:

Private landlords gain about £27bn a year from housing benefit and tax breaks.

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Stop evictions!

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Ruth Cashman

Shorthold tenants at the Loughborough Park Estate are being threatened with eviction so that Guinness Trust Housing Association can tear down their houses to build expensive new flats.

There is an occupation on the estate to help build the campaign against the evictions. There are daily meetings at 7pm to organise the campaign and demos at the office at 9am.

On Thursday morning at 9.30 am there will be a protest against the bailiffs that are  coming to evict someone from their home.

Meet at Elveden House, Loughborough Park, Brixton, SW9 8NN.

Shorthold tenants at the Loughborough Park Estate are being threatened with eviction so that Guinness Trust Housing Association can tear down their houses to build expensive new flats.

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Tories will help property kings

Property developers who convert empty properties are to be exempted from commitments to build affordable housing.

The City of Westminster, a Tory council, said it stood to lose £1 billion in affordable housing contributions. But much more will be lost across other boroughs in London and other areas of the country.

Property developers who convert empty properties are to be exempted from commitments to build affordable housing.

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500 prevent eviction

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Tim Cooper

On Friday 23 January a 500-strong demonstration stopped the eviction of 63 year old Tom Crawford from his home in Nottingham.

Tom was due to be evicted by bailiffs acting on behalf of Bradford and Bingley building society who claim he owes them £45,000.

Tom is suffering from cancer and when faced with eviction last year put a video on YouTube saying he would give a cup of tea to anyone who came to help avoid his eviction. It struck a chord went viral and hundreds turned up to stop the eviction.

A 500-strong demonstration has stopped the eviction of a 63 year old man from his home in Nottingham.

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Rent-controlled housing for all!

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Gemma Short and Hannah Webb

Over 635,000 homes in England are empty. For every family in need of a home there are 10 empty houses.

Over 200,000 homes have been empty for more than six months.

In September 2014 the number of families placed in temporary accommodation was over 60,000, the highest it has been in five years. The number of people who are homeless or in precarious housing situations is likely to be much higher. London, where there is a boom in house building, accounts for 75% of the increase in homelessness.

Councils should build and renovate housing stock themselves and create jobs and homes; take social housing stock back into council control from housing associations and arms length organisations; stop aiding the profiteering of private property developers; control rents!

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March for homes!

On 31 January, marchers from South and East London will converge on City Hall to demand better homes for Londoners and an end to the housing crisis.

The action, called by Defend Council Housing, South London People’s Assembly, Focus E15 campaign and Unite Housing Workers branch and others, has published a list of demands:

• Control rents

• Hands off council housing

• Stop demolition of quality council homes

• Affordable and secure homes for all

• Cut rents not benefits

• No scapegoating immigrants

• No racist landlord checks

On 31 January, marchers from South and East London will converge on City Hall to demand better homes for Londoners and an end to the housing crisis.

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New Era housing victory

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Beth Redmond

After months of campaigning, the New Era housing campaign in East London won its battle against eviction shortly before Christmas.

Westbrook Partners, a US investment firm worth $11bn, bought the entire estate in March 2014 from First LBS Holdings. It is a big part of a wider trend of investors using homes merely as catalysts for financial gain, with no consideration to those who need somewhere affordable to live.

After months of campaigning, the New Era housing campaign in East London won its battle against eviction shortly before Christmas.

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Fight for the private renters!

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Matt Cooper

There were only muted howls of anger from the rich who lost most from the changes to stamp duty on house sales in George Osborne’s Autumn statement.

That’s because those who will be paying an extra £163,750 on their £5 million house can afford it and they realise that this is a bid by the party of the rich to cling onto power in next year’s general election.

After years of growth in home ownership, the numbers able to afford to buy are in decline,; many people are reliant on private rentals. The 2011 census showed that the number living in private rented accommodation had increased by 69% since 2001, while the proportion in mortgaged homes has declined by 15 per cent. It is mainly younger people, many with families, who are priced out of the property market.

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