Landlords as Victims, never considered?Make Text Bigger
Below is a letter I have sent to the Victims Commissioner
Dear Dame Vera Baird,
All the landlords who seek services such as mine are victims of Tenants who abuse Civil contracts, many on a habitual basis, as Career bad tenants.
The Police service have largely withdrawn over the years from many areas such as Road Traffic offences, Fraud and anything that can be remotely ‘cuffed off’ into the Civil action arena. Even where clear criminal offences are disclosed, Police presumably for lack of resources and priorities, wrongly ‘lump’ such matters into a Civil Landlord and tenant dispute. I have dealt with clients complaints against Police for such matters.
I read in the Guardian yesterday that you rightly expressed concern over the increase in Domestic Violence deaths during the Coronavirus period. The fact is that even during the exceptional virus period we’re experiencing, there are still a very necessary number of evictions that absolutely must take place from a justice perspective. Not only Domestic violence, but Anti-Social behaviour that blights so many neighbours lives.
I would hope you can appreciate this and wonder what representations you’ve made to government on behalf of victims from the Total suspension of Civil justice. ?
The Civil court system is a very under-funded ( with Govt stated aim of it becoming self-funding, which will mean even more so than now, only available to those who can afford justice ) and inefficient.
We are still talking ‘Justice’ albeit the matter falls within the Civil Justice remit.
Civil justice [sic] is only effective if the respondent has means which can be accessed or seized.
There is an ever-increasing number of groups that claim to support tenants, of course only needing to support the small percentage who have breached their contract, promise and integrity.
All landlords hear from Government is the need to ‘re-balance the power between landlords and tenants.’ I can tell you from my own experience as a Landlord and as a landlord legal service, that Landlords are very much the ‘poorer relation’ in disputes that are costly and time-consuming and where the Landlord is ALWAYS at a financial loss.
Hoping that you are the Commissioner for ‘Justice’ and not partially Criminal justice, I would like the opportunity to discuss the matter in more detail by telephone at a time convenient to yourself.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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