9:50 AM, 2nd June 2020, About A year ago 53
When the 3-month eviction ban was introduced, it was mentioned that it might be extended if deemed necessary. Predictably, now that the 3-month period is coming to an end, we hear a cacophony of voices – from Shelter, Generation Rent, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the London Renters Union and the Chartered Institute of Housing – demanding that it be extended. In their fantasy world they’d like the extension to have no deadline and no conditions; everyone should live rent-free forever and never be evicted.
We came to expect this nonsense from the Corbynite extreme left; what is incredible however is that a Conservative Government should be listening to this nonsense and forcing landlords to cover the costs of nonpaying tenants. The fact that it did this for 3 months was bad enough. It meant that many thousands of landlords with nightmare tenants from hell have been unable to evict them and have had to suffer extreme financial stress and mental anguish, as they continue to be ripped off while they cover often huge costs in arrears and damage.
I am trying to get the message to the Government that they must reverse this approach, stop listening to the landlord-hating organisations mentioned above, and realise that they need a positive, fully-functioning private rented sector, where landlords are valued for the work we do. If they don’t shift their stance soon, there are going to be serious problems on a macro-level in housing provision. Each individual landlord’s problems are going to mount up to one hell of a crisis in the sector.
I have had my views on this published today on the influential website conservativehome. The link is here. Rosalind Beck: Extending the evictions ban would not help the vulnerable
I urge landlords to send the link to their MPs asking that they pass this to Robert Jenrick urgently. I will be doing the same with my Labour MP. The ignorant voices on the left are making themselves heard. We must do the same.
I would also appreciate it if you could give your views below this article on Property118, especially if you can describe how the eviction ban and shutdown of the housing market has affected your business and finances. We can then also forward this article to MPs to put them in the picture regarding what is happening.
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