Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago 125
Unless you’ve been living under a stone, you will have seen the Government waging a relentless war against private landlords. Some of the effects of this are now being seen in the courts, where extremely poor legislation, full of ‘unintended consequences’ is beginning to hit landlords hard. This is in the context of landlords already more often than not being the losers – with the ‘system’ often granting rogue tenants lengthy rent-free periods in our properties.
Shockingly, however, we now face cases where rogue tenants are being granted indefinite leave to remain in our properties, even when they are not paying the rent. The Residential Landlords Association is crowdfunding to support a landlord in such a case at the moment.
If the scrapping of Section 21 proceeds according to plan, cases such as the one mentioned will become common. This is because, according to what has been mooted, it is likely that conditions currently attached to Section 21 (whose non-compliance invalidates the Section) will be ported over to Section 8, which has been a kind of safety net for many. This will mean that if an error has been made at any point, the ‘new’ Section 8 will be invalid and it may prove impossible to ever evict a non-paying and even abusive tenant, as there will be no legal recourse to do so.
I have raised this point with the MHCLG; they refuse to give any reassurance that absurd and outrageous scenarios such as these will not become commonplace as a result of the legislation.
In the face of such farcical, anti-private property policies, we must fight back.
The Landlords Alliance has just made a donation of £500 to the fund and I urge people to both donate to the crowdfund and to also join the Alliance as this is exactly the kind of cause the Alliance was set up to fight for.
Any one of us may be next in the firing line; any one of us can fall victim to a rogue tenant and be faced with this outrageous situation of not being able to get our property back. I urge everyone reading this to show that we can and will stand together and help our fellow landlords get justice.
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