Carol McEvoy

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Carol McEvoy

10:45 AM, 30th April 2019
About 4 months ago

S21 ban: Should straightforward possession cases be decided out of court?

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 30/04/2019 - 10:23
Goodness Ian, you've been having a difficult time of late, sorry to hear that. But yes, none of these problems are illegal but massively disruptive in a shared house and the government is saying that existing laws will deal with problem tenants. That is wrong. Can you imagine what the police would say if you reported frequent thefts of half a pint of milk from a fridge that has no lock on it? You are right, HMOs are a special case, as are student lets. This government unfortunately has a habit of announcing legislative changes without proper consultation and without thinking through the consequences properly.... Read More

Carol McEvoy

9:16 AM, 30th April 2019
About 4 months ago

S21 ban: Should straightforward possession cases be decided out of court?

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 30/04/2019 - 08:50
Absolutely David, I have over 70 tenants in my professional houseshares (HMOs) and have never evicted tenants using a Section 21 without good reason. In the past 10 years those reasons have been:

• urinating on the bathroom floor and leaving the mess for other housemates to clear up
• smoking in the house (smoking is forbidden in the tenancy agreement, and is a fire hazard)
• having partners living with them when the tenancy agreement is for single occupancy of the room
• taking and storing drugs on the premises
• not paying rent
• having regular noisy parties that disturb the neighbours
• deliberately flooding the bathroom on numerous occasions late at night and in the early hours of the morning.

Apart from the drugs I don't believe any of those reasons are illegal, they are just breaches of the tenancy agreement. But they caused huge upset to the other people living in the house, as well as us as landlords (but hey, who cares about landlords like us who spend our lives doing our utmost to provide beautiful, safe, warm, comfortable homes for key workers and young professionals in London despite the numerous recent costly legislative changes introduced by the government over the last few years, eg Section 24).

I have no problem with the government banning the use of Section 21s but they must provide an alternative that deals quickly with situations like those above because the current laws do not. And they must base their decisions on sound and statistically significant evidence. In the recent press coverage I have not seen any, it's all anecdotal or based on very small (and probably selective) sample sizes. The government must listen to landlords and the professional bodies like the NLA and the RLA that know what they're talking about because they deal with landlords and their difficulties with problem tenants on a daily basis.

Let's not solve one problem for some people by creating more problems for more people.... Read More

Carol McEvoy

17:05 PM, 24th October 2015
About 4 years ago

Conservative Councillor hits out at ruinous landlord tax plan

Brilliant piece by Councillor James Fraser. With reference to 'levelling the playing field' owner occupiers have the benefit of living in their properties, we as landlords don't. We have to pay to live somewhere else.... Read More