Remember That Tenants Have Landlords and Can Be Evicted

PUBLISHED: 15:25 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 04 May 2010

MAY I add to the comments regarding social housing on the Barratt estate? Private buyers may sound snobby but unfortunately we all know what they mean. The noise, rubbish and other anti-social behaviour from a minority of people who the rest of us are sca

MAY I add to the comments regarding social housing on the Barratt estate? Private buyers may sound snobby but unfortunately we all know what they mean. The noise, rubbish and other anti-social behaviour from a minority of people who the rest of us are scared of. To front them up will mean arrest (yours) at best, injury or death at worst.

Mr Holden writes in defence of the 'young', but he's a bit out of date. I am also getting on a bit and started 'adult' life in humble circumstances. The differences (amongst others) then were...

1. There weren't many single parents. If you were, you couldn't get rewarded courtesy of the taxpayer.

2. Nobody had sound systems more suited to the Royal Albert Hall, and 'house parties' didn't involve the destruction of your neighbours' quality of life on the basis of 'stuff you; I'll do what I like'.

3. Anything/everything would be taken away in your dustbin, so even the terminally lazy could manage to lob their rubbish in it.

4. Nobody had any money for drink/drugs/PA systems etc, and if you did, you were saving it with a view to improving your lot.

Furthermore, the law has spectacularly failed to keep pace with these social changes. Noise, in particular, is an area where the police don't have many powers and are unwilling to use what they do have (public order offences). Councils have powers but the procedure is loaded against the victim.

However, the private buyers on the Barratt site do have a weapon: Their tormentors aren't owners, so their landlords can evict them. Not so when they own their properties - nobody will help the victims then...

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