7:29 AM, 8th May 2020, About A year ago 31
The Government’s plans for the PRS continue on a destructive path as far as private landlords are concerned. Their ban on evictions – whilst offering landlords no recompense for having to keep on non-paying tenants (it would be very different if they underwrote the rent of non-payers and damage by rogue tenants) – is nothing short of a disgrace, robbing landlords of access to justice. Now, predictably, they are making noises about extending this ban. It’s such an easy solution, isn’t it? Make landlords house people for free.
It’s certainly not easy or fair for landlords though. For many it’s an unmitigated disaster when they are stuck with a non-paying and or anti-social nightmare of a tenant and we know this could easily mean some rogue tenants getting a year’s free accommodation at our expense, both financially and in terms of our mental health.
I have just had a piece on this published on CapX – which is the publication from the think tank the Centre for Policy Studies. I feel it is important to get the landlords’ point of view into an arena where politicians are more likely to read it. So I am always pleased when they are willing to publish my work.
Having said that, I am also drawing attention to it here as I want landlords to know that I, for one, am trying to get our side across and, to coin a phrase, ‘cut through the crap.’ Despite any comments to the contrary, private landlords have not received one iota of help from the Government; instead being expected to shoulder a huge burden.
So if you could read the article, below, and then come back here and add your voice to this important discussion, that would be great. It would also be good if you could share it with your MP and maybe also write to Robert Jenrick to protest against the Government’s treatment of us.
Clearly, if they carry on completely disregarding our concerns and recklessly damaging our livelihoods, the private rented sector – which contributes so much to the housing needs of this country and to the economy – faces ruin.
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