Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?10:43 AM, 20th May 2019
About 4 weeks ago 124
Wednesday 1st May, a delegation from the National Landlords Alliance held a meeting with Sefton council. The Alliance delegation consisted of Larry Sweeney, Councillor John Bullock National chair of the Alliance and Policy director John Allen. Sefton had officers from their licensing department, their legal department and their Data controller.
The purpose of the meeting was to resolve serious issues raised by us with respect to their procedures re landlord licensing. We now await Seftons response and will update our members and Property118 in due course.
With respect to the proposed abolition of Section 21, the Alliance has been working non stop and to that end we can confirm that we have been in communication with several bodies including both the NLA and the RLA . We cannot comment further at this point .
Having said that what we can say is the Shelters campaign to get Section 21 scrapped is a disgrace. We fully intend to make Shelter OWN this policy. We urge landlords to not discriminate against working tenants. At every turn explain to unsuccessful benefit tenants that Shelter have refused to bond benefit tenants. As more and more struggle, the Alliance will continue to highlight the fact that Shelter are responsible for landlords leaving the market as their property rights are undermined.
The landlord saves the deposit, obtains the finance, get the licence, insures and maintains the property. Is it right that a tenant for a monthly rent can establish the right to stay indefinitely? Absolutely not, let Shelter house benefit tenants, it’s our problem. Let us point this out constantly. The housing charity which houses nobody is now responsible for a policy which is causing landlords to look very carefully at benefit applicants.
We will update readers in due course on our discussions and approach re Section 21 as well as the outcome of our meeting with the Local authority today.
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