Landlords Alliance – Emergency Euro Elections Statement

by Larry Sweeney

21:09 PM, 21st May 2019
About 4 months ago

Landlords Alliance – Emergency Euro Elections Statement

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Landlords Alliance – Emergency Euro Elections Statement

The Landlords Alliance was set up to represent and fight for private landlords. We never planned or envisaged getting into politics; yet events have forced us to confront reality.

May’s failed administration wants to scrap Section 21s, which will create potential lifetime tenancies and prevent landlords from having control over their own property. Until and unless major changes are made firstly to the Section 8 process and the grossly inadequate court system, we cannot support this step.

It has become clear that the Government is not in fact interested in reforming the private rented sector in any positive way, but is rather chasing cheap headlines by pretending they are helping tenants.

In summary this useless Tory government is anti-business, anti-landlord and couldn’t care less about tenants on benefits, despite what they say. As from now we advise our Alliance members not to accept DSS tenants just as Shelter will not provide them with bonds. It is just too risky.

As of now, we do not know what policies the Brexit Party will have for the economy in general and the PRS in particular, but the signs are good and we are ready to give the Brexit Party a chance. After Thursday’s European elections we intend to approach the Brexit Party to solicit their support for the sector.

We urge landlords, their families and friends to respond in the strongest terms to the latest assault on the sector, with May’s announcement of the scrapping of Section 21. We will not stand by as property rights are annihilated.

I have spoken today to a landlord who has eight tenants who agree with him and who are going to vote for the Brexit Party on Thursday. They understand that this is an attack on landlords and tenants. Let’s get the Brexit Party over the line on Thursday. Then we are on new ground, as victory should give them momentum to win or hold the balance of power in a General Election.

Until now landlords have had no choice and nowhere to go. Perhaps that’s why the Tories thought they could take us for granted. Well, we now have a viable alternative, so they have grossly miscalculated.

If we get out Thursday and work with our tenants, we can give this rotten Tory party a good hiding. Let’s finally show this pathetic government that their campaign against us has hit the buffers.

They have destroyed their core constituency of voters and any prospect of Conservatives getting the tenant vote will dissolve when they are unable to find accommodation. We must explain to every DSS tenant that we turn away: THIS IS THE FAULT OF THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT!

We urge all landlords to back Brexit Party candidates against Conservatives everywhere.

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Luke P

10:00 AM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 22/05/2019 - 09:58
There's a possibility that from the date of enactment all s.21 Notices (including those in force) are null and void. If not, any existing ones would expire either upon successful eviction or the end of the six month validity. Serving a new/replacement/extension wouldn't be allowed.

Frederick Morrow-Ahmed

11:02 AM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 22/05/2019 - 08:51
Hear, hear! Totally agree with you, Whiteskifreak. EU citizens are excellent people and make very good tenants. They share our common Christian-European cultural heritage and therefore fit in extremely well. Plus, we can go and work in their countries, just as they can in ours. There is RECIPROCITY. I am not sure what Nigel Farage is on about.

Mark Alexander

11:55 AM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

I do not personally agree with the Landlords Alliance support of any political party and believe it should remain independent of politics.

Whilst I am disgusted with the current Tory Government and think a Corybn Government could be even worse for the PRS I think it is far too soon to even consider pledging support for the Brexit Party. Their policies are not formed, we have no idea what their plans are to rejuvenate the PRS (if any). Farage talks a good game and is an extremely powerful debater, but ran for the hills just after the Brexit vote, which doesn't inspire much confidence.

Larry Sweeney

12:04 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

Hi Mark.
That is fine, i completely understand and I also fully appreciate doubts of Remainers as well as agreeing that my experience of eastern European tenants has been excellent.
Having said all of that we must make a call. That call must be to stand up to the attacks on the PRS. Politics whether we like it or not does come in to the equation. We cannot support Mays failed anti landlord anti business agenda. For that reason Brexit aside completely our policy now is to back and support the Brexit party. We intend to engage with them and flesh put their policies.
We have put the Tories on notice. They have lost our support. I understand some peoples concerns about this new party but for now we are happy to give them the benefit of the doubt and hopefully the support we have given translates in to a Brexit party landslide Tomorrow.

Robin Tidmn

12:13 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

I agree that the Tories are useless and that the alternatives are practically non existent but the above rant does little for the reputation of the NLA. Firstly the elections tomorrow are European elections and practically meaningless in any other context other than Brexit. Secondly, even if this was a general election, encouraging members to vote for a single issue protest party that exists solely to send a message to the current government demonstrates a lack of clarity and rational thinking on behalf of the author. Sorry but this article was a bad idea.

Neil Patterson

12:20 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

I understand the concept that all the other alternative parties to the conservatives have even worse policies for landlords. So in this case non is better possibly than some.

Mark Alexander

12:20 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 22/05/2019 - 12:04
Hi Larry

You are just as entitled to your opinion as I am, but please recognise that that's what it is. To my knowledge, you have not consulted all of the Members on the Alliance about this, which means that you do not speak for the Alliance in regards to politics.

As an aside, perhaps you can help me to decide whether I am a Brexiteer or a Remainer. I exited Britain in Feb 2016 because I didn't agree with the politics of the party I have supported for the whole of my life. However, I am now a resident of Malta which means that I will remain in the EU. I did not vote in the last UK elections, nor will I tomorrow.

What does that make me?

Luke P

12:28 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

My understanding is that The Brexit Party are to formulate domestic policies (once the EU elections are out of the way) in conjunction with their supporters.

No other party is offering that, so LLs have the opportunity to formulate the future of the industry. It might be that the Tories required the backing of TBP to form a Government…

Chris Daniel

12:30 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 22/05/2019 - 11:55
Understand your comments Mark, and don't disagree, BUT, tomorrow - Landlords will be voting for someone and a vote for a party other than Tory or Labour HAS to be the ONLY way for landlords. ( I don't think there's any disagreement from Landlords about that. )
Farage is a businessman, which is more than can be said for the rest of them - not forgetting BoJo's recent comment ' F**k Business.'

Neil Patterson

12:35 PM, 22nd May 2019
About 4 months ago

In the first past the post system and with remain fractured and the big two divided it is possible the Brexit party could get every seat. It will be fascinating regardless of your politics to watch.

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