Even more worrying requests by the Select Committee

by Chris @ Possession Friend

11:35 AM, 9th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Even more worrying requests by the Select Committee

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Even more worrying requests by the Select Committee

At the beginning of May we responded to a Call for Evidence to an Inquiry by MHCLG. Our ‘evidence’ and criticism of the governments treatment of the PRS in general and more specifically during the Suspension of Possession proceedings was brutal.

The First interim report by MHCLG ‘Protecting rough sleepers and renters’ was published on  20th May 2020 >> click here  and I’ll just pick out a few points from its 37 pages (and many more in the Appendices of evidence).

I would first point out that there are even more worrying requests by the Select Committee. The composition by MP and constituency is on page 2 of the report. I would urge landlords resident in any of those constituencies to write to their MP.

(page 12) ” The current temporary suspension of evictions in county court is the only significant protection for Englands 11 million private renters, the majority of whom are still at perpetual risk of being evicted for no reason whatsoever, under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.” [ ‘evidence’ by Shelter cited ]

This is like saying ‘x’ million people cross the road everyday, all at risk of being run over!  In 2019, there were 67,000 evictions – 78% by Social Housing.

Jamie Carswell representing  London Councils warned of Councils facing a tsunami ( of evictions ) ” My colleagues, particularly in London are filled with dread at the thought of facing a cliff-edge when evictions extension expires… we need a way of removing that cliff edge and a series of measures to create a far more sustainable  degree of security in the private rented sector.”

It seems that the average tenancy length of over 4 years and the 6 months + to achieve possession is termed  ‘lack of security’ !

In criticising the government’s approach of ‘Landlords and tenants working together to negotiate rental shortfalls’ the committee (page13) comment: ” Legislating to protect tenants from the minority of landlords lacking compassion does not invalidate the premise that most landlords behave in good faith, it protects those at the sharp edge of the crisis from facing homelessness. ”

The committee pressed for the govermenent to bring forward the abolition of section 21. under the Renters Reform Bill with the Chartered Institute of Housing also  supporting that abolition. (page14)

Rent Arrears. – “The call for cancelling rent payments for All tenants having ‘gained publicity’ was discussed with a number of barriers to such an approach. For Social landlords it would undermine Housing revenue and they make business decisions predicated on rental income  (as if Private landlords don’t!). For Local Authorities, it would cause repairs and new builds to stop. ”

All those new-build Council estates you pass would be put on hold (sic)! and it seems that Private landlords going without rent would still be able to carry out repairs!!

On Social Housing demand: “the estimated annual requirement is 90,000 and last year the government built 6,287.”

On Protecting renters, (page18):  “the committee recommend government, amend the 1985 and 1988 Housing Act to allow judges discretion where a tenant is in rent arrears due to Coronavirus for the next 12 months, at least.” !!!

Possession Friend



Comments

Old Mrs Landlord

7:09 AM, 10th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 10/06/2020 - 05:32
You have stolen my crystal ball!

Whiteskifreak Surrey

7:11 AM, 10th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Question Everything at 10/06/2020 - 00:02
Hi - I never thought that I would say that but in Blair years we had it good. Maybe they were not in favour but they did not obstruct. Since Tories' economy genius Osborne all PRS has started to collapse... I am not asking for any help from any colour of the government. I am asking for non- (or minimal) interference to market forces... I would not expect any colour of the government to help. No. But at least live and let live approach would be appreciated..

Luke P

10:04 AM, 10th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 10/06/2020 - 07:11
It’ll never happen as it’s ‘cultural’ in the UK to meddle in literally every area of life…constantly. They don’t seem to understand the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra and every new batch of MPs are filled with self-importance that the feel the need to actively alter everything and anything. Maybe, just maybe, some things are okay as they are…as we’ve managed to manipulate them over hundreds of years. The goal should be less laws and less interference, not more!

Gromit

10:12 AM, 10th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by wanda wang at 09/06/2020 - 23:11
I've heard more noise from a church mouse.

David Price

16:23 PM, 10th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 10/06/2020 - 07:09Actually it is my own crystal ball so between us we have more crystal balls than the NRLA.

Steve B

8:12 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 10/06/2020 - 06:08
I think the 'Shelter as Guarantor' message is a fantastic idea. I have cut and pasted this from Shelter's website re Guarantors ..

"Some councils and charities have rent deposit, bond and guarantee schemes that:

give cash to help with rent in advance and a deposit
act as a guarantor service and cover unpaid rent or damage up to a certain amount ..."

... yes Shelter, and some charities DO NOT!

I reckon if all landlords take up this suggestion via their agents and respective websites it might cause a stir!

Jessie Jones

9:56 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

As I have fixed rate mortgages, I shouldn't need to increase my rent at all for the next 5 years. But last night I reviewed my income in light of Section 24, EICR certificates, potential threat from tenants taking advantage of the embargo on evictions and the abolision of Section 21. And then I looked at the rate of increases in rent in my area.
It would be nonsense of me not to increase my rents every year that I can. Not because I want to, but because the government are forcing my hand.

Cathie Hawkins

21:22 PM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Unless all landlords do something drastic and united, we have no voice. If we all served s21 on all our tenants the day they say it will be banned and all the councils will have a duty to house all our tenants, then and only then, might they see the unintended consequences of their actions.

Ingrid Bacsa

10:03 AM, 14th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Simon Williams at 09/06/2020 - 12:07
Once they move in - read about free lollipops and no cops, they will in variable raid the tree at least a bit before autimn.

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