by Nick Stott
11:51 AM, 22nd November 2011, About 11 years ago 5
As I sit here in a Civil Court’s waiting room waiting to be called (here pursuing a tenant on behalf of a landlord), it makes me think that all this is a bit laborious and pointless.
Why is the legal system being used for run-of-the-mill cases like these? Yes, I know that it’s hugely important to those involved, but to wider society?
Especially when there is already a local government authority involved (the rent payer) – why can’t they use common sense to resolve this issue?
The offending tenant will be evicted within 28 days and then provided with further tax-payer-funded help to re-house them. The cycle will then continue, all because the local authority set too much red tape protecting the tenant and keeping the landlord at Stretch Armstrong’s arm’s length costing the tax payer twice and the landlord heavily.
It ultimately comes down to our new blame culture and the younger generation’s (I’m hoping to include me in that bracket…!) lack of consequences.
I’m not having a pop at my generation entirely though – it’s been caused by the baby boomers getting greedy and speculating on lending to people who can’t afford it – but the “I want it now and sod the consequences” attitude needs to stop because it’s wider society who pays via their taxes.
Why not have a three-strikes and out policy? This tenant knows full well that the local authority will help them (even sometimes without request) for as long as they live. They’ll be given crisis loans (that they can’t pay back), Court Orders (that they’ll never pay back), and benefits totaling more than a lot of working people’s incomes.
The problem is, I suppose, what DOES happen when they run out of chances? Basic human rights will step in and protect them from being made homeless.
So come on landlords, how can we try and prevent serial bad tenants from not only wiping out our incomes, but from costing society dearly?
Nick Stott is a Landlord, Investor, Estate Agent, Letting Agent, and Property Manager from Warrington, Cheshire but working predominantly in Liverpool.
He owns and runs HOMEsure Property an independent Sales, Lettings, & Management agency, as well as purchasing, renovating, and renting property through his Property Investment Partnership (PIP) for ‘armchair’ investors. He is also an avid Rugby League fan, Social Media learner, and Productivity Obsessive.