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Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am disappointed by my noble friend’s response to these three amendments. He seems to have said no to all three of them and I find that very disappointing. I do not think he has said anything this evening that has given any encouragement to private landlords to take on people who are on universal credit. In fact, he has probably reinforced the idea that one should not take on...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Earl Cathcart: I think that I caught the noble Baroness’s question. I do not think it is after eight weeks: I think it is in arrears—that is, they have not paid the monthly rent on time and they have not paid the next month’s rent on time, et cetera. I hope that that answers the noble Baroness’s question.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Earl Cathcart: Yes, I imagine that it is before the eight weeks as well. As I said, I found the figure of 90% to be quite extraordinary, so I do not believe that it is working in the social housing sector either. All this could have been avoided if the rent had been paid direct to the landlord. In addition, in October 2012, a survey of more than 1,000 landlords carried out by the Residential Landlords...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (21 Dec 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, the three amendments in this group all relate to private landlords who now account for 4.2 million properties for rent and more than half of all rented properties. However, as of August, less than a third of all housing benefit claimants lived in private rented accommodation. Why so few? Why is there this bottleneck deterring private landlords from taking on benefit claimants? As a...

Flood Defences — Question (3 Dec 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, given the spate of floods in recent years, what measures have the Government put in place to ensure that we are properly prepared for the next one?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, this is the first time I have spoken in a welfare Bill. What caught my eye was the clause on social housing rents, under which the social housing sector, which provides affordable housing, must reduce rents by 1% a year for four years. My initial response was that it might cause some controversy, but I see that the social housing sector has increased its rents by 20% since 2010,...

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (14 Sep 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, to get this straight, is my noble friend the Minister saying, in effect, that landlords may ignore this regulation until such time as the health and safety officer or the housing officer gets round to feeling their collar because they have been reported by, let us say, their tenant and that, even then, they still have 28 days to comply? The noble Lords, Lord Beecham and Lord Hunt,...

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: Motion to Approve (14 Sep 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I fully support what these regulations are trying to achieve. These alarms save lives. From my point of view as a landlord, I am confident that I already comply with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms where properties have gas. However, I am less confident with having carbon monoxide alarms in properties in Norfolk which have no gas, although they have open fireplaces and wood...

Housing: Private Rented Sector — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, one of the problems is not knowing who the landlords are. Some suggest that there ought to be a national register of landlords, but the good ones might register while the bad ones will not bother and thus remain below the radar. Surely a better way is if all new tenants, who are required by law to complete a council tax registration form, put on that form the name, address and...

Deregulation Bill: Report (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I should declare that I am a landlord in the private rented sector, which is larger than the social rented sector and is still growing. I am firmly against any landlords who engage in retaliatory evictions. I have never had to resort to issuing or have even come close to issuing a Section 21 notice, so this is all slightly unfamiliar territory to me. But it seems that what we are...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (3 Feb 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I spoke in Committee in support of the amendments in the name of my noble friend and I will do so again today. I have three points. First, if you have a public right of way through your garden, you have lost your security, safety and privacy. Anyone can walk through your garden at any time of day or night. Their dogs may run loose, frightening your children, fouling your garden,...

Smoking: E-Cigarettes — Question (3 Feb 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I started smoking before I was a teenager and in recent years smoked up to 50 cigarettes a day—not good for me. I started vaping in July and I have not had or wanted a puff of tobacco since. In spite of trying to give up on countless occasions, only these vaping e-cigarettes have actually helped me kick the habit. Surely that has to be a good thing. Should we not encourage it to...

Battle of Waterloo: 200th Anniversary — Question (12 Jan 2015)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am fortunate to have in my family archives some original maps of the battlefield used by various members of my family who fought at Waterloo. One was aide-de-camp to Wellington and another had three horses shot from under him during the battle. Happily, both survived and went on to become generals like their father, grandfather and great-grandfather. So, naturally I welcome the...

Consumer Rights Bill: Report (2nd Day) (24 Nov 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I will confine my remarks to Amendment 50E: “Protection of tenants against retaliatory eviction”. As a landlord in the private rented sector, I am firmly against any landlord who engages in such practices as retaliatory eviction. In my 30 years or so of being a landlord, I have never had to resort to issuing—or come close to issuing—a Section 21 notice. I have three points...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (22 Jul 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, as a landlord I recall that the last Labour Government brought in this very same measure for the private rented sector. So why is Labour making such a fuss now—with the Liberals apparently jumping on the bandwagon—when all this Government are doing is rolling out to the public sector what Labour did in government to the private sector?

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I thank the Minister for picking up the baton on this. From what she said, I can see this is not an easy one to take forward, but there seems to be a concern with some of the IDBs and I thank her for continuing to talk to ADA to see what the best course of action is. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment 91 withdrawn. Amendment 91A Moved by Lord De Mauley 91A:...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Howard moved this amendment in Committee. Unfortunately, he cannot be here today and has asked me to move it again on his behalf. As a farmer, I pay land drainage rates and, in a past life, I was a member of a Norfolk internal drainage board. Internal drainage boards get their funding from two sources: from farmers and agricultural landowners, for draining...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I am afraid I cannot support this amendment. To me it shows a misunderstanding of the role of insurance more generally and of Flood Re in particular, which must build up its funds from premiums to cover current and future losses smoothly. The scheme already has five-yearly reviews so that all assumptions can be reworked and contributions adjusted, either upwards or downwards....

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, on his use of De Mauley Street. I think it was clear what he was saying. It seems to me that if you have a property to let, as landlord you should buy the insurance. It might not just be the bog standard property and contents insurance that you buy: you will probably also buy owners' liability insurance, public liability insurance and any...

Water Bill — Report (2nd Day) (31 Mar 2014)

Earl Cathcart: My Lords, when a similar amendment was debated in Committee, I took it to be only a probing amendment. Now it has been tabled again today, I am bemused, or perhaps confused, about what the Committee on Climate Change can add to the work already being done. The insurance industry, together with the Government and their agencies, has already assessed the number of properties in known flood-risk...


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