Open Letter to Landlords and Shelter

Open Letter to Landlords and Shelter

11:30 AM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago 30

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Landlords, Our sector is under attack like never before.

Politicians and pressure groups who want to tax and regulate the PRS out of existence are causing unbelievable hardship for tenants. The new UK tax on turnover goes against all the basic norms of accountancy rules. I wish here to address all the P118 readers who have read about our new Alliance and not pledged.

Email us at and pledge your £100.

Our Members who have pledged have responded very firmly to those who have raised concerns. For the avoidance of doubt we intend to stop the media hysteria about bad landlords and ensure that legislation is reviewed as a matter of urgency. The vast majority of landlords are hardworking tax compliant citizens providing much needed shelter and building a pension for their future so they are not reliant on the state.

On the other side we have ignorant politicians “Charlatans” jumping on the band wagon to curry favour and votes on the back of out right lies. On the watch of the major landlord organisations we have had sect 24 imposed as well as selective licensing. Time to employ a new Guard as we face the next new threats. 3 year tenancies and the danger of massive shortages of choice for tenants, with rent controls. Mobility will be the casualty of rent controls.

To those that may be worried about the new alliance and question the £100 membership, let me say this. Luke P is one of the most respected members on this forum run by Mark and Neil. Any of these three are welcome at any time to inspect the books of the Alliance, review membership, examine any rent paid for the offices which I have supplied for free to date, as well as paying upfront for IT and web infrastructure out of my own personal capital, and finally to confirm that I as promised will take no salary initially as CEO. I may change my mind in the future, but for now I work for free and that also means taking no dividend. The invitation to be reviewed at any time by Mark, Neil, Luke or a few other trusted members known personally to me stays open indefinitely. Obviously we will not give access to confidential data to anybody and our privacy statement will reflect that.

Finally Landlords, Please come off the sidelines and onto the pitch, join us and let us go in to battle. Join the Alliance now and take positive action.

I now extend an open invitation to Polly Neate CEO of Shelter. Polly I will commit to working as CEO of the Alliance without Salary for one year. It is an honour and a privilege to do this,as it is a just and worthy cause.

I call upon you to forgo your £120k salary for 12 months and I will meet you anytime anywhere to see how together we could change the narrative. I really hope Polly that you will do the right thing. Surely if Shelter want to help tenants, it would be a good idea to present an honest balanced informed view, rather than misleading the public. Polly feel free to contact me at any time if you wish to take me up on my proposal. Just return one year of your £120k salary to the taxpayer. We look forward to a positive response.

Kind Regards
Larry Sweeney CEO National Landlords Alliance.

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Robert M

11:52 AM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Hi Larry

I think it is great that you extend the invitation to Polly Neate to meet with you and discuss ways that you can change the narrative, but I don't think you can realistically expect her to give up her salary as a pre-condition before you will have a discussion with her, (regardless of how strongly you believe she should not have received it in the first place).

Seething Landlord

12:53 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 19/10/2018 - 11:52
I agree, I've never heard anything so daft.

Monty Bodkin

13:04 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 19/10/2018 - 12:53I've never heard anything so daft.
How about this one from Polly;
“These so-called Section 21 evictions, or no-fault evictions, meaning no fault on behalf of the tenant, are actually the single biggest cause of homelessness in the country now.”
That sounds a lot dafter to me.

Seething Landlord

13:20 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 19/10/2018 - 13:04
No that's not daft it's devious spin.

John walker

13:23 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Hi Larry,
You have yet to advise those of us who have pledged our £100 as to how many pledges you have received, or when you will actually ask for the pledges to be honoured. I agree your suggestion that Polly give up her salary for a year is risible, but by all means do meet her to discuss the PRS and why Shelter have declined to put their massive income to better use by actually providing some. Please do not come up with more similar ideas if you wish to be taken seriously by those who support you and those we need to impress.

Larry Sweeney

16:02 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Hi John.
We have many ideas and not everybody will always agree on everything. We will ask for your contribution in due course when the website is up and running. I would ask that you be patient and by all means give suggestions advance ideas through the member forum on the website. Suggestions on strategy etc will be taken on board. That is a promise. You will appreciate that I cannot addrsss every point on a public forum. There are our detractors horrified at our straight talking no nonsense approach and trying to divide us. We will not be divided. As regards Polly giving up her salary, i do not expect her to make such a noble gesture either , but it is always good to give somebody the opportunity to do the right thing. To make amends and to steer her ship in a new constructive direction. The ball is in her court. My invitation to her stands. It would be shame if she did not grasp this open invitation.


18:39 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

You certainly have my support. It’s always good to see a positive initiative and good luck!


22:00 PM, 19th October 2018, About 6 years ago

I am a Croydon landlord and I will be definitely be joining the new alliance.At last a landlord organisation to really represent us and not an organisation not afraid to speak out.i regard Croydon's statment Re: abolishing section 21 as a game changer for Croydon landlords. I am reviewing and I will be extremely careful who I rent to. Croydon can solve their housing crisis without our help I am delighted to pledge a £100 pounds and happy to join.

Adam Hosker

11:29 AM, 20th October 2018, About 6 years ago

The last thing we need is yet another landlord association.

NLA does not even meet its commitments from subscriptions alone, had to try and "sell" to us to make ends meet.

RLA did better but not much. I'm seeing some creeks.

If anything we need to merge NLA/RLA to give the organisation a loud voice, not a splintered one.

If you think you can do better than one of them? Read there constitution, get in the board, get the votes to take over.

Luke P

11:45 AM, 20th October 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Adam Hosker at 20/10/2018 - 11:29
Many, I suspect, would agree that we don’t need another landlord association taking the same line. That is not what the Alliance is about, which is where many, I suspect, do in fact disagree, evidenced by the numbers of pledges so far.

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