IMPORTANT UPDATE - The PIMS Tenancy Agreement for New or
Renewing Tenancies has been updated to comply with the Tenant Fees Ban ENGLAND from June 2019
Wales Legislation Pending
Right to Buy reforms apparently are needed when a recent report highlighted that 36 per cent of council homes that were sold under the Right to Buy initiative are now owned and rented out by private landlords.
Within London the Tower Hamlets borough with one of the highest levels of unemployment, has just over 50 per cent of the former council houses that are privately rented.
John Biggs, Labour's London Assembly Member for City and East, states that this is one of the main reasons why the council has had to invest so much more into housing benefit.
Mr Biggs said: "This shows that Right to Buy is poor value for money to taxpayers. Not only did they pay to build the home in the first place, they then subsidised the considerable discounts offered to tenants and then missed out on the rental income that would have covered the build costs.
"Now, we have the indignity of London boroughs renting back their former council homes at higher market rent levels, once again costing taxpayers through the nose."
The report, From Right to Buy to Buy to Let, wants a new system to be introduced with all local authorities keeping hold of a good proportion of the council houses which are covered by binding contracts to stop them ever being rented privately.
The report also states that it is a necessity that for every council house sold, then a new one must be built with the same size, specifications and charge out the same level of rent.
Mr Biggs added: "Right to Buy has played a central role in causing and exacerbating the current housing crisis.
"Future governments must recognise that the right of a council tenant to buy their home at a discount, subsidised by other taxpayers, cannot be at the expense of the right of the vast majority of people to have a decent, affordable home to live in."
Tower Hamlets - 8,697 council houses have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme and at 50.5 per cent of council homes being rented out privately is the highest in the whole of London. Greenwich stands at 34 per cent with Newham at 26 per cent.
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.