A blanket eviction ban extension is unacceptable

by Property 118

15:02 PM, 21st August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

A blanket eviction ban extension is unacceptable

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A blanket eviction ban extension is unacceptable

Responding to the reports that the evictions ban will be extended to 20th September, Ben Beadle, CEO of the National Residential Landlords Association has said:

“A blanket extension is unacceptable, especially so close to the deadline.

“An enormous amount of work as gone into finding a balance between supporting tenants who have been affected by the pandemic and preventing significant financial harm to landlords, in accordance with the Government’s promise. This announcement satisfies no-one.

“Landlords have been left powerless in exercising their legal right to deal with significant arrears unrelated to Covid-19, antisocial behaviour and extremely disruptive tenants who make life miserable for their neighbours and housemates.

“Private landlords cannot be expected to foot the bill for government failure. There must now be a plan to support households to pay their bills and to compensate landlords fully for their lost income.

“Only this will give both tenants and landlords security and reduce the risk of widespread tenancy failure.”



Comments

paul robinson

16:39 PM, 21st August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Slipping, the scrapping section 21 through the covid “back door”

Trevormlazenbury@aol.co.uk

17:14 PM, 21st August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

The Government's announcement today makes concerning reading for myself and many other Landlords.
The last payment that we received from one tenant was in November 2019. When the notice was served the arrears were some £2,000 back in February this year, with the paperwork issued to the courts . The arrears now total some £9,400 and will continue to rise at £650 pcm.
I appreciate that we are living in exceptional times, but today's announcement is clearly wrong.
I hope that they swiftly announce that they are going to provide tenant loans, as I understand that they have in Wales.... as this is not the only property that we are having issues with and I am sure that I am not alone.

Hardworking Landlord

17:19 PM, 21st August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

So the re-activation notice I have just paid for is completely void I guess.

We really do have a crap government at the moment don't we. Its almost as if Jenrick is trying to out do Williamson for the pole position of worst possible example of a leader within government.

So whats really going on? It feels like there is a bigger plan here to totally dismantle the PRS and the livelihoods of those working in it.

Ingrid Bacsa

20:07 PM, 21st August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Hardworking Landlord at 21/08/2020 - 17:19
Agree entirely. No other business sector is expected to forego payment yet ensure their customer has the goods.
This oppression of landlords is continuing because
- Both labour and conservatives need majority votes - these votes will come from tenants. Landlords are a minorty whose power to defend their businesses has been stripped . Control has been awarded to Councils - but responsibility for the welfare of tenants lies entirely with us.

- This situation has arisen because small landlords with mortgages are deemed by minority wealthy landlords (House of Lords, Tony Blair and those who own tens of hundreds of properties outright)) to have caused inflation of property prices, because we increase demand just by using borrowed money.

They want us gone so the wealthy minority can scoop up hundreds more properties at "true" prices, with their cash.
When the mortgaged landlords are gone, the balance of power will switch from tenants back to the 20% of those who are mega wealthy landlords owning huge cartels of property.
So just look out tenants when that happens. Billionaire landlords will likely have zero tolerance rights because money talks.

sam

10:40 AM, 22nd August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

I never bought this BS about helping tenents keep their roof over their head. Thats for them to work out for themselves and take respopnsibility for and for the government to educate and help them. I am in business to pay my bills and keep my family. I worked 24/7 for neigh on 50 years and have never asked for freebies. Neither do I feel it is my duty to help anybody pay their rent. My responsibility is to provide my customers with what they paid for - freely, responsibly, timely, honestly and to the best of my ability.

We have been luckier (or more prudent) than most over the 30 odd years that we have been landlords. Whilst we have sufferred the odd minor set backs like tenants leaving with our curtains, washing machine, couple of doors etc and only 1 major problem where it took us almost a year to get rid of a 'veteran pro' who disappeared owing £16k+ and a still ongoing nuisance court case by an ex tenant who left 4 years ago and now trying to claim £80k damage for the CCJ we got on her plus another £80k rent repayment - 4 times the total rent paid over the year she stayed. The fact that the court would even entertain such riduiculous nonsense means that we have to pay a lot of money (lawyer estimates £20k) to defend ourselves with little or no prospect of recovering any of that money if and when we win. And I still feel we have been 'lucky' - because of the onerous legal environment we have to operate under. How ridiculous is it that I should feel 'lucky' that not more people are thieving from us ?

If I dont pay my bills, I get taken to court. If I take anything from a shop without paying for it, I get prosecuted. Either way, I dont get to keep doing it. Not so in our business. The tenant gets to keep taking until a court says otherwise. And the length of time it takes to stop the thieving is nothing short of scandulous.

We all know "justice delayed is justice denied". Yet our government revells in it.

I can accept that somebody got to help the tenants fight their corner against rogue landlords but in their haste to provide justice for the tenants, they are creating an injustice upon the landlords.

Not all landlords are equal. The bigger ones can probably absorb the occassional knocks and put them down as part and parcel of the busiiness we are in. But what about the smaller landlords who cant afford to defend themselves or absorb the losses ? Some of them are being bankrupted and their life work ruined.

Not only has the government legalised this thieving under cover of Covid-19, it is legalising to prolong the thieving. The snail pace at which our court system works, the landlord could well have to wait at least a year before he/she can get rid of a none paying tenant. Worse, the court would have to put up all sorts of road blocks to slow down the process in order to cope with the mountain of cases thats piled up. I would predict at least 2/3 years for the court to catch up, if ever. The longer it takes to get rid of a non paying tenant, the more he/she owes and the greater the inability and the incentive not to pay up. All legalised cr*p curtesy of our government.

Whilst I am all for givng a man a hand to help him up when he is down, the responsibility to get up remains his. What is currently being done to the PRS is socialism gone horribly wrong. Not only are we made to give the man a fish, we have to keep giving and feed him as well.

These are the signs of a corrupt and decaying society. Not even sure that what our government is doing is legal. I think our government ought to be made to compensate all the landlords who have lost out due to their legalised cr*p.

I cant say we have sufferred any losses due to this legalised thieving, nor do I have the ability or the resources to take the government to court but I would gladly contribute if somebody is of a mind to do so.

WP

12:31 PM, 22nd August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

to bloody mad to comment!!!!!!

James

14:37 PM, 22nd August 2020
About 4 weeks ago

So can anyone confirm that my section21 filed back ,pre covid in March, will be ignored and I will now have to file again with a new 6 month notice.
Don't think my very understanding buyer will wait much longer and this is very bad news!!


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