Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
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Letter to Gareth Johnson Member of Parliament for Dartford:
Dear Mr Johnson,
I’d like raise some concerns about justice, or rather the lack of it in Housing.
I operate my own business of recovering possession of mainly residential property for landlords who’s tenants have chosen to break their contract. Very similar if you like, to the criminals who choose to disregard criminal law, the defaulting tenants breach their contract (Tenancy agreement). There are only two options for a landlord to regain possession of ‘their’ property, despite the flagrant breach of contract which either through Section 8 of the Housing Act, or Section 21.
Section 21 Housing Act 1988
You will probably have heard much about Section 21, often from various Tenant support groups with little morals about the conduct or legitimacy of those tenants they ‘support’. Much is also said against the use of Section 21 by the Labour Party, who believe it’s every persons right to Housing, whether they pay for it like the majority of the public, or not!
There is even the suggestion by opponents of Section 21, that because there is no specific course of conduct required to be proven against a tenant, they can (whether paying the rent or not), be asked not made to leave the property after 2 months. In other words, two months free housing at the property owners expense (be that Private or Social sector) before a legal claim can be submitted to the court, requiring an additional 3 months on average to achieve a court hearing.
Section 21 , the longer of the two processes, is often preferred due to the weakness of the Section 8 process.
Because the Section 21 process does not require a specific breach by the tenant to be stated or proven, this process has been twisted or manipulated by such opponents mentioned, to suggest that landlords are using it for ‘No fault’.
Any such suggestion really displays a basic lack of business sense. Evicting a tenant via Section 21 is a time consuming process which, often involves expense in rent arrears. additionally there is almost certainly a void period with the cost of finding a replacement tenant.
Adopting basic common sense and any business acumen, who on earth thinks a landlord in their right mind would evict a tenant for no fault?
To use the vernacular, a landlord is between a rock and a hard place, and nobody seems to give a damn.
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