Tenants under the cosh

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There was no need for the unsigned landlord to conceal his identity (‘We need more social housing for tenants’, Letters, March 27).

We are all grappling to resolve a fundamental social issue which has gone badly awry. Laudable as his attempt was to strike a balance, your correspondent didn’t really hit the mark. While he correctly identifies the source of the problem - deregulation and forced sale of council housing (see also my letter of February 13) - he doesn’t connect with his own buy-to-let situation.

Renting must be about the only field where it is the purchaser of a service who finds himself under a host of obligations, insecurities and threats.

It isn’t just anecdotal evidence which points to more than a few bad apples - the fruit cart is overloaded. I would refer you to the Big Tenant Survey 2014 and to the appalling recent blogspot of the Residential Landlords’ Association which was reported last month. A tipping point is being reached in the fight back by tenants.

Stephen Jackson

Bexhill Road

St Leonards