• Homes, not just Housing

    Continuing my occasional series on questions I’ve been asked and conversations I’ve been having following the publication of my mayoral manifesto, Blueprint for a Better Bay, today I’d like to focus on the section ‘Homes, not just housing’.

    I will deliver a compulsory registration scheme for letting agents requiring them to deal fairly and openly with tenants and landlords alike. In establishing this scheme, I will call upon expertise from Shelter and other local authorities who have already implemented such registration schemes.

    Ever since I first became a councillor, in 2007, the issue of housing has been a significant one in my postbag.

    The most-asked question regarding this section of Blueprint for a Better Bay has come from private rented sector tenants receiving housing benefit. They are worried that, if their properties might be exposed as being sub-standard via a compulsory registration scheme, their landlord will simply evict them.

    To these concerns, I say that the reason for the scheme is to get rid of poor conditions in the private rented sector. If their homes are in poor condition, then the landlords will first have to agree a programme of repair and refurbishment.

    Personally, I do not believe for a moment that a compulsory registration scheme will lead to many, if any, landlords getting out of the private rented sector. Why would they leave a sector that, just in our Bay, is worth £60,000,000 a year in housing benefit alone! I suspect they may whine a bit, but that is too bad. They have already had the chance to show intent to improve by joining a voluntary scheme provided by the council. They refused.

    Now is the time to take truly effective action against rogue landlords. Other councils have already done so with compulsory schemes that have the support of SHELTER; our Bay scheme could be based on theirs.



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

In the meantime, an update for my fellow Ellacombe residents: please note that my contact details have changed. If you want to discuss a local issue with me, please see below for my new contact arrangements.

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