The Forever Tenant

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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 79

The Forever Tenant

12:46 PM, 6th July 2020
About 5 days ago

Tenant background checks reliable?

I remember one time when my computer illiterate boss forwarded me the reference check to fill in myself as they couldn't work out how.

Just to clarify, I didn't fill it in myself. I went to my boss and showed them how to do it.... Read More

The Forever Tenant

11:24 AM, 6th July 2020
About 5 days ago

NRLA refute eviction claims by Shelter

Its a tough question, I think the biggest hurdle is that the vast majority of the public don't want to hear what Landlords have to say. The media will only publish what people want to read.

I dont think that there have been enough positive articles in the past to counteract the number of negative articles and some of those negative articles have come from some of the bigger players in the industry.

I think that the NRLA just needs to keep pumping out article after article of Landlords actively helping their tenants. Hopefully that will turn the tide of opinion.... Read More

The Forever Tenant

16:36 PM, 10th June 2020
About a month ago

Emergency Eviction??

Even despite what has happened, as far as I am aware the tenancy continues and the tenant still has all the same rights as he did before this happened.

To change the locks would be considered an illegal eviction. To prevent him from returning would be the same. I believe you would still need to go down the usual eviction types which will take time.... Read More

The Forever Tenant

16:35 PM, 21st May 2020
About 2 months ago

Covid-19 commuter savings can help tenants

This is a weird one for me. I am starting to wonder if this will change the way that a lot of us will think about renting.

Having proved that I can work from home quite successfully for the past 8 weeks with no loss to the level of work I do, If I were able to continuously work from home, or attend only once a week, then this opens up a considerable amount of places I could live.

One of the reasons I am where I am is to move futher away from my work would mean that my commuting costs would take up the amount saved. But lose the commuting costs altogether and suddenly a simple 10 mile move means that I could nearly halve the cost of my rent.

I wonder if this could mean a more even spread of people as they move about the country able to find cheaper places to live and not have to congregate around the cities.... Read More

The Forever Tenant

12:51 PM, 11th May 2020
About 2 months ago

Government's destructive path

I am all for you coming together but in order for you to succeed in your endeavours, it has to be done in the right way.

You have to consider your starting position in this. To the general public, Landlords are mostly thought of leeches on society, trying to squeeze every penny they can out of the poor hard working tenant. A lot of people consider landlords to be a "necessary evil". They know that there would not be enough housing without landlords, but would still prefer that they were not there.

Next you are going up against the government and there are a couple of factors in play here.

Firstly, that the government are seen by the public as trying to make the PRS more equal and are looking out for the tenants in all of this. Any action you take against the government would be seen in a negative light by tenants who would be under the assumption that you are only doing this so that you can screw them over in the future. The average tenant doesn't know about all of the legal issues and behind the scenes things that landlords do, nor would they be receptive to hearing about it. So you would need to have an amazing media plan going forward to get the right message across. This brings us onto the second point.

The media basically report whatever the government tell them to.

You would have an exceptionally hard time getting your opinions and thoughts into the press. Again, due to the bad feelings from tenants above, most would not even listen to what you have to say.

Finally, a couple of people have mentioned in this thread about withholding properties until the government gives into you your demands. You would be hurting tenants to try and get back at the government. Whatever good will there is would evaporate very quickly. I suspect that public opinion would soon then be that the government must do all they can to make those properties available. Right now the government cannot seize your property, but laws can be changed. we've seen the kneejerk reaction that was the TFA.

It's a tough situation for you all. I don't know what the answer is. Direct action may be completely the wrong action and accelerate things further. Maybe it will. Just consider the optics, how society will view it and hopefully everything can be better for all of us.... Read More