Media coverage “no fault eviction”?

Media coverage “no fault eviction”?

15:04 PM, 27th July 2022, About 2 months ago 9

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There is increased media coverage of “no-fault evictions” with councils telling tenants to stay put and not move because there is nowhere for the tenants to go. This of course is against current case law, but rental supply has dropped so low that councils have little alternative.

It’s always the landlord at fault in every article, for wanting to sell or convert to holiday lets.

There is never any mention of why the landlord wants to sell or convert from their long-established quality residential letting.

No mention of the toxic attitude from the government removing landlord rights, increased taxation and licencing costs. The recent white paper in England and legislative changes in Wales add to the burden on the landlord.

It’s always the landlord’s fault, never the government for not fulfilling housing targets, and no mention of the government being to blame for selling their council housing stock.

And now the government is wanting tenants to be able to buy their social housing property.

The rental stock will be eroded further, rents will increase and tenants will refuse to move when the landlord wants houses back to sell or live in.

Sorry needed to vent

Chris



Comments

Bristol Landlord

17:26 PM, 27th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Chris, no need to say sorry, I agree with you 100%.
The NRLA really needs to start their own media campaign to set the record straight. Without a media counter offensive Landlords are just sitting ducks for the lies and propaganda of this vile and corrupt government, with it’s stooges Shelter & Gen Rent. and its unannounced but obvious agenda to drive out independent landlords in order to corporatise the PRS,

DSR

19:25 PM, 27th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Vent away - we all think the same!

Carol

11:20 AM, 28th July 2022, About 2 months ago

My properties are selling fast. I am no longer prepared to be a sitting target.

Judith Wordsworth

11:23 AM, 28th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Local Authority Councils have always told tenants to wait until the bailiffs are knocking on the door, especially Labour Councils.

Bernard Mealing

15:18 PM, 28th July 2022, About 2 months ago

It's OK for council to interpret the law in their favour. But if they are acting illegal than why can't we address that through the courts....
If I can not find a parking space can I just park where I like. Oh. it couldn't find a parking space they were none left... = parking ticket by the same councils....

northern landlord View Profile

16:57 PM, 28th July 2022, About 2 months ago

In the past I have evicted two sets of tenants one set for rent arrears, the other for antisocial behaviour. In both cases acting on legal advice I used Section 21 as it was faster, did not involve court and being a mandatory ground was sure to proceed as long as you got the forms right. I wasn’t worried about the rent arrears (you hardly ever get them back anyway) I just wanted the house back as soon as possible as it was being damaged. The antisocial tenants did pay their rent but neighbours were unwilling to provide proof of it for fear of repercussions and I couldn’t as I didn’t live in the neighbourhood. So Section 21 was the only route open to me. I suspect that many landlords currently use section 21 for exactly the same reasons, there will be an undisclosed tenant fault at the heart of many of them. I doubt any actual data on this exists.
Just an afterthought, in the new reform proposals selling up is not currently down as being a mandatory ground on the supposed “beefed up” Section 8. If it is not mandatory it must be discretionary. Presumably a judge could decide that you would not be allowed to sell, or if you do you might have to pay the tenant compensation if you can prove no other faults against them. Who knows?

Helen Smitj

17:20 PM, 28th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by northern landlord at 28/07/2022 - 16:57
I agree, if there was to be a poll of landlords who have used section 21 I would guess that the majority would have a ‘fault’ of some description behind the reason for proceeding with an eviction. Both my section 21 were debt/damage related.

DSR

14:24 PM, 29th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by northern landlord at 28/07/2022 - 16:57
exactly the position I am in now.
Bailiffs on the case and date set.

If anyone actually looked behind the reasons for a S21 (not sure how you could given no need to give a cause for issue) but you would find 99% of the time its for something timely and necessary and where a mandatory ground does not already exist in a S8.

If the S21 is scrapped the S8 needs MORE mandatory clauses. The feedback MUST be to make sure MORE clauses are added if the plan is for the courts to hear every eviction request.

CMS View Profile

1:48 AM, 30th July 2022, About 2 months ago

Well as you are venting I may add two pennies! I am so annoyed at the Govt justifying the need for the abolition of s21 by looking at the data on s21 court applications. They have increased so there must be an issue apparently. If landlords are having to take s21 proceedings to evict tenants its becuase tenants dont want to leave so they believe. So its nothing to do with the fact that the LA wont put the tenant on the housing list unless they are evicted then? The fact that the s21 applications increase are in part down to the Govt and LA's approach in my view.

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