8:23 AM, 8th February 2019, About 4 years ago 10
The new Landlords Alliance has only been operating a few months and we would like to say to all our members and to P118 a huge Thank You.
We have been working hard investigating these horrible greedy organisations called councils who set up dubious licensing schemes to rob cash from landlords on the basis that we are all rogues and criminals. We now have files on Liverpool city council, Sefton council, and Salford council to name but a few. These useless organisations are not fit to collate data. They have engaged in wholesale GDPR breaches. Their wrong doing pales into insignificance when compared to the ICO which instead of policing GDPR legislation, assists and covers for offenders.
Readers of P118 have remarked on the situation where Landlords have not joined, but prefer to criticise from the outside. This is a great pity and surely it is better to join and work with us from within. The Alliance is a new organisation and compared to the likes of the £60 million Housing Charity aka Shelter, a ‘David’ against Goliath. Despite apathy, despite the PR machine that is Shelter we have had massive publicity in print media, online and on the radio.
As long as Shelter push the narrative that the PRS is the problem, we will push back and expose Shelter. We are not the slightest worried about the erroneous view that it is wrong to attack a charity. The opposite applies. We have a duty to call out a charity, where such a charity is wrong . Shelter’s attack on us is wrong. Where and when has it ever been necessary to set up an organisation to counter a charity. That says it all and Shelter’s campaign gave birth to the Alliance.
The mountain we must climb is steeper than we could ever have imagined. Having said that, so arrogant and careless are our enemies, that we can easily prevail if we overcome the apathy, but only if we get in to the ring and fight for our sector. I said at the outset, before we set up the Alliance, that landlord apathy was the real enemy. Unfortunately that is still the case.
Join the Alliance now or stick with the organisations on whose watch we have had Section 24, licensing, civil penalties, the dilution of Section 21 etc etc. Politics of late has been totally dominated by Brexit, but the one area, the one sector that has been targeted, that has survived the Brexit hype has been the PRS. The attacks by the media, Shelter and politicians has been relentless. Forget Junker, Barnier and co. remember the real issue is Criminal landlords ruining lives, tearing society apart while scoffing champagne every night on the balcony. Such is the stupidity of the narrative.