I say “part 2” because I’ve previously thrown my toys out of the pram over this shitty little issue, DSS Tenants And The Shitty Council. I’m writing about it again for 2 reasons. Firstly, the issue still frustrates the fuck out of me, and secondly, I’ve recently been reminded of how incompetent and lackadaisical the council are towards landlords with DSS Tenants that don’t pay rent.
Here are segments of an email I received the other day:
Ive got the horriblest tenent in the world!
I rented out to ‘a desperate, friend of a friend’ and my children and I moved in with my partner. Problems started straight away with none payment of rent and Housing Benefit were a nightmare.
Housing Benefit started paying direct to me and I asked my tenent to start paying off the arrears.
She blathers on about missing payments and that the benefits people are looking into it but then still makes no attempt to pay anything.
I issued her with a Section 21 on 27 August 09 and told her to be out by 23 October – she’s still dragging her heels. The Council are worse than useless, and treat me with utter disgust because I’m making a lone parent with 3 kids homeless.
That was just the corpse of the email, but you get the general gist.
My beef is that the council try and house these people and even supply them with a financial allowance, but when DSS tenants don’t use their allowance to pay rent, the council don’t seem to give a shit, and in this specific case, they evidently use emotional blackmail as their defence. It’s bullshit because I bet if an employer of the Housing Benefit Department was going through the same issue, they wouldn’t give a shit if their tenant had kids. The point is, the tenants are receiving benefits and still failing to pay rent. It’s criminal as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve been through the same experience, and it’s ridiculous. The council are so careless and clueless about the whole ordeal that they make life so much more difficult. Surely they should be trying to help landlords that accept DSS tenants (especially since the kind that do accept DSS tenants are a dying breed)?
Not only is it frustrating for Landlords, but I imagine it’s a kick in the tits for those genuine people that are struggling to get the benefits they deserve because of these lowlife parasites consuming all the resources.
This is also another reminder of why tenants shouldn’t receive benefits directly. Whichever hermit conjured up that idea should be peeled like an orange and thrown into a pot of disinfectant. Bring back the old system, when landlords received rent directly from the council. I rememeber the good old days when I had a DSS tenant and I received rent every month from the council directly into my bank account by BACS payment.
If it were running things the country would be awesome. DSS tenants that fail to pay rent would be given damp, piss-smelling box rooms to reside in. As for overcrowded prisons; I’d INSIST on overcrowded prisons. Why the fuck are criminals entitled to a prerequisite amount of living space? Madness.
It’s all, basically, a bag of shit…