Homes for People / Not Profit

Living Rent are hosting a protest tonight – Property Parasites Out Of Edinburgh:

“On Thursday evening, so-called “property expert, investor, entrepreneur” Martin Roberts is hosting a session for would-be landlords in Edinburgh, to teach them how best to rip tenants off.

He boasts that he’ll get help them “start living the life they really deserve” by teaching them “rental and capital growth strategies and how to maximise their profits and increase revenue.” But there is no way for landlords to make eye-watering profits from housing without causing misery for tenants.

Join us to say homes should be for people, not for profit – and demand the government introduce proper, strong rent controls to stop property parasites from driving tenants into poverty.

We’ll be meeting outside Cycle Republic at 6 before heading along together. Don’t be late!”

More here.

Cycle Republic (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
71 Morrison Street, EH3 8BU Edinburgh, United Kingdom

3 comments
  1. excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  2. THIS PROTEST SEEMS MISGUIDED – THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF THE ECONOMY, PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY HOUSING WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO PROVIDE. I AM NOT CLEAR ON WHAT YOUR PROPOSED SOLUTION IS TO THE HOUSING CRISIS – TO DISALLOW BUSINESSES FROM INVESTING IN PROPERTY? IF SO, THEN WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO PROMOTE AS AN ALTERNATIVE? COUNCILS DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY, HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS DON’T HAVE THE CAPACITY. DO YOU WANT TO STOP PEOPLE FROM RENTING OUT PARTS OF THEIR OWN HOUSE (RENT A ROOM SCHEME) TOO? IF SO, THEN THAT IS NOT A GOOD SOLUTION AS THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO MAKE BETTER USE OF SPACE (WITH THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER HOUSE FALLING THAT IS A GOOD THING)? BOTH COUNCILS AND HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS RELY ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR PROVIDING HOUSING, BOTH FOR BUILDING AND MANAGEMENT, AND THAT IS FOR A GOOD REASON – SOMETIMES THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO DEMAND. YOUR GROUP SOUNDED INTERESTING FROM THE EN ARTICLE, BUT IF IT IS INTENDED TO JUST JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON OF SLAGGING OFF LANDLORDS RATHER THAN HAVE A NUANCED APPROACH TO SOLVING THE HOUSING CRISIS, THEN I WILL DEFINITELY NEVER SUPPORT IT. ALSO, THE FAIRGROUND PICTURES ARE NICE, BUT AS A FAIRGROUND ENTHUSIAST I’D LOVE IT IF YOU COULD PUBLISH MORE PICTURES AS WELL AS SUPPORT MORE FAIRGROUNDS IN THE CITY THAT LOCAL PEOPLE CAN ENJOY.

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