YOUR front page headline urged councils to get tough with rogue landlords (The Yorkshire Post, November 7). Why do we not hear about rogue tenants?
As a residential landlord for over 40 years I have a wonderful, constructive, mutual respect relationship with my tenants. Many have been with me for long, long periods (15 and 12 years are common).
However, I know many landlords who, like me, have occasionally suffered “rogue” tenants. Tenants usually on housing benefit, who think that rent is not their problem, somehow think society owes them a living. Invariably they have the latest gadgets and always a giant television.
With their priorities upside down, they have no financial sense because the system encourages financial irresponsibility and no self-respect. Frequently moving on, they leave piles of debris, damage and rubbish.
It is easy to predict that in 40/50 years they still have nothing, encouraged and sheltered by a system which discourages self-reliance and is so much more than a helping hand. A system which all too often penalises, scorns and is a disincentive to those who do the right thing and want to provide for themselves.