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The National Landlords Alliance is a fledgling organisation and has just a few hundred members at the moment.
However, driven by controversial discussions on Social Media about the aims and the aggressive nature of its campaigning, the membership of the National Landlords Alliance is growing fast. This week its founder and Chief Executive Larry Sweeney reported on a BBC Radio interview that the Alliance recently received 50 new member applications in just one morning!
It is not attacking Shelter, rather exposing some home truths about the charity which some of their supporters seem to be finding uncomfortable. An example of that is that Shelter has a £60,000,000 + annual budget but doesn’t spend a penny of that on providing a roof over anybody’s head. Instead, they seek to invest a huge amount of their donations into attacking private housing providers and discouraging private investment into much needed additional affordable rental accommodation.
Some have suggested the National Landlords Alliance exposure of Shelter’s failings is some sort of reprisal from landlords in response to Shelter’s support for changes in the sector, and to an extent that is true. By way of example, Shelter’s support for legislation which disallows finance costs for private landlords, but no other UK business, is short sighted and is more likely to increase homelessness as it did in Ireland where a similar but less aggressive policy has now been reversed.
According to Shelter, street homelessness has doubled in the past 12 months and the National Landlords Alliance and its members agrees this is a horrendous statistic. However, they find it equally disturbing that Shelter do not provide any shelters whatsoever for people living on the streets, and that their anti-landlord policies will make the problems worse.
MARK MY WORDS, when private landlords start selling their rental properties in their droves to people who can afford to buy them, due to the impact of legislation supported by Shelter, the people who cannot afford to buy will have a desperate struggle to find somewhere to live. I fully expect the amount of people living on the streets to rocket by this time next year. Perhaps we should look back a year from now to reflect on my predictions?
Meanwhile, many members of the National Landlords Alliance have vowed to boycott Shelter’s retail supporters including B&Q, Direct Line Insurance and M&S.