I AM in line with Danny Bamping's thinking (Herald, September 1) about owners of student accommodation paying council tax for all their properties; it should be law. I don't think I would let myself be made bankrupt for it, but who knows?
I moved into this house in 1983, it was in bedsit land. We set up a residents' group, got rid of bedsit mayhem. We had several years of about third owner-occupier, third social landlord and the rest private let; this really became a community.
In our part of the street we now have one solitary-owner occupier and less social housing as both the city council and one housing association have sold properties off to developers. Owner-occupiers decided not to live in the middle of student land and they also sold to developers (killing the community).
This conservation area has bins and often rubbish left out on pavements or in back lanes, week in, week out. Back lanes are a dumping ground each summer when students leave, and it's often the landlords who dump all left behind into back lanes, not the students. After the moving-in chaos we don't get a lot of hassle once the students have settled in. It doesn't change the fact that all these people are using and abusing our services, while Joe Public bears the cost.
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With actual families being moved out (as has recently happened in my street; three flats in one house) for properties to be converted to student let, being a pure profit exercise and a blind eye turned to homeless and housing needs, this practice is actually accelerating. This isn't taken into account by our elected representatives when handing out a planning permission to exacerbate the problem. No, we can't object to planning permission, we have too much student let occupying the housing stock – they won't object, will they?
If the university built residential to match the ever expanding tutorial, the city's council tax payers couldn't beef about it, but only praise the integrity and common sense these intelligent people had shown. This could have a knock-on effect of allowing normal families to buy a house without developers outbidding them, or lowering the housing list as the houses return to normal residential. I know it's pie in the sky.
Questions to our council: Why don't landlords (student let only) bear the brunt of the cost instead of Joe Public who reap no financial benefit from this stock saturation? Why isn't a Victorian conservation area protected from this kind of stock abuse?
ZITA MOYSE (Mrs)