Jargon busting!!

(NHHT, by the way, is the Notting Hill Housing Trust, and they have a website where you will find some of the jargon used here )

Housing-industry and planning documentation is chock full of Orwellian double-speak.

‘Affordable’ is now being ‘defined’ to include a new category of accommodation priced at ‘intermediate rents’.

You have to qualify to pay an intermediate rent with a minimum income..

That’s not what we call ‘affordable’

Confusingly, the word ‘intermediate’ is ALSO used for homes that are part rent/part buy.

AND, confusingly, homes that are part rent/part buy (for which you need a minimum income to qualify) are also called ‘affordable’.

That’s not what we call ‘affordable’

Meanwhile, the  Government are pressurising Social Landlords (Councils and Housing Associations) (Housing Associations are particularly vulnerable to this pressure) to raise their social rents to so called ‘affordable rents’ – which are up to 80% of Market Rents, with no regard to tenants’ incomes.  (This was a new Labour initiative by the way). Of course, there were never any plans to legislate a cap on what Private Landlords might charge…

That’s not what we call ‘affordable’

‘Target rents’ are another category – calculated on the market value of the property, local market rents AND tenants’ income – but that market value element in London puts these beyond the means of many…  (for example, on L&Q’s Aylesbury development on the South West corner,  2 years after moving the rents are £40 a week more than Council rents)

That’s not what we call ‘affordable’

What we call GENUINELY  affordable housing (equivalent to Council housing) will be calculated SOLEY according to how much people earn, what they can IN FACT afford.

By the way, Shelter reports that health and safety infringements by private rogue landlords are on the increase..
(Freedom of information responses from 310 local authorities showed complaints against private landlords rose by 27% (6.10.12))

Oh – and plans are now underway to steal the label ‘social housing’ and apply this to all the old categories previously misleadingly labelled ‘affordable’.

There’s a battle on over the language that we use….


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