One of our tenants today contacted us to say that she had seen a string of comments made on a Facebook Forum, the person making the comments was a local MP who felt the necessity to post images of properties from Rightmove to substantiate and support his headline "Fear over social cleansing in Borough" which I found really unpalatable as did a number of other people who had made responses to his comments. One of who was a tenant who we had recently let a property to; she was not pleased by the comments he had made.
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One of the properties he had posted in his FB article was a property we currently have on the market, I always thought that MP’s would do their research first but yet again this seems not to be the case. Having worked in the area for 20 years and having written many BLOG articles which have also been published in the Thurrock Gazette I would have been quite happy to inform him why the rental market has boomed out of control. This is not because of greedy landlords or letting agents, it is simply on the basis of simple economics. The supply of housing is outweighed dramatically by the demand for it, and the property he mentioned was owned by a local person and bought by them on the Right to Buy scheme that funny enough was introduced by politicians. In addition this landlord still lives in the Thurrock area and the person that has taken the property to live in also lives locally, so much for his social cleansing argument!
The problem for those on low incomes who, as I have previously stated in other articles, have a very important role in our economy, has been created by the very politicians that purport that is everybody else’s fault other than those who make the laws, rules and regulations that we are all bound by. History shows us that the problem of the UK housing market has been an ongoing problem created by short termism politicians who are only looking at their own invested interests and not for the people who have elected them.
If anybody would like facts and figures about the South Ockendon and Aveley property market in relation to house or rental values and the reason they have increased, then please contact me and I will be happy to share my knowledge and insight in a constructive way.
Ps People with social influence should act more responsibly.