Politics and the Alliance

by Larry Sweeney

9:39 AM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Politics and the Alliance

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Politics and the Alliance

When the landlords alliance was born just over 12 months ago, we never envisaged becoming so involved or advocating for any particular party. Our aim was simply to change the narrative. To stop the hate-fest and the stupid counterproductive attack on the PRS. Landlords are your neighbours shopkeepers, police officers, train drivers teachers etc.

The introduction of Section 24 mortgage interest relief restrictions and the spread of Selective licencing are already proving to be flawed policies. The Alliance suddenly found itself in the middle of a firestorm. Fighting back against pointless regulations and the attacks by Shelter, the housing charity which houses nobody.

We then had the elections to the European parliament. The Alliance backed the Brexit party and our judgement was on the mark. Brexit party MEP’s romped home. The Tories woke up and despite the huge errors by the Conservative party with respect to PRS legislation, we took a pragmatic approach to the parliamentary deadlock. The choice was between a Tory party misguided on policies relating to the PRS or a Marxist anti-Semitic Labour party.

The Alliance abandoned our efforts on landlord issues and stood for what was right. We apologise to our members if they feel that we were side tracked, if they feel that we have lost direction. We have not lost direction. Corbyn was the greatest threat to the economic prosperity of this great country, a threat to security and a threat to property ownership.

On that last point, that was our justification for throwing our weight behind the Conservative Party. Corbyn now leaves the stage so we will now return to fighting for a dynamic PRS.

We start 2020 with our survey which will be independently commissioned and which will expose Shelter for what it is. A Housing charity which sucks in millions of pounds, which houses nobody, but attacks those who do provide accommodation and seeks to undermine property ownership rights while paying its top honchos over £720k pa.

We will present our findings to the new government and seek to disband this organisation and direct its vast cash hoard to the homeless. Shelter, we are back and we will expose you.

The RLA and NLA are merging and we wish them well. However, the Alliance will continue to call it how it is.

We need members. Approx 94% of landlords do not belong to any association. We cannot and must not continue to bury our heads in the sand.

What have we achieved?

  • We have joined the other associations in pushing back plans to scrap S21.
  • We have advocated for court reform.
  • We have pushed back against selective licensing and have prevented approx 48 licensing prosecutions to date.
  • We currently are involved in assisting 4 landlords facing prosecutions by 4 separate authorities and will comment further on this in due course.

Finally to all Property118 readers a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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Comments

Dennis Leverett

13:18 PM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

I am 100% for getting rid of Shelter as they are but I fully understand where Forever Tenant is coming from and tend to agree with him. We have to be very careful because they are perceived as the good guys and us as the nasties and have more power, initially, than us to fight a battle. We need as much proof as possible, hard facts and cases, about decent Landlords that have been ripped off because of them. It has to be factual and strong. I am going to contact Dominic Cummings on this to sound him out but I am not good with words and wonder if Dr Rosalind Beck could give me one of her very good precis of the current situation that I could copy send, short and sweet to get his attention. I feel he will say either "sod off" or go for it. Pretty please.

Gromit

14:00 PM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

If I were the CEO of Shelter I would want to work with the providers of housing NOT against them to:
1. provide homes for their Customers
2. to drive out rogue Landlords

Instead they seem to be hell-bent on not working working with Landlords, and lobbying Government to force Landlords to accept their Clients, and hell-bent on driving good Landlords out of the PRS.

Luke P

14:12 PM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 16/12/2019 - 14:00
Brilliantly put, Gromit. Forced acceptance (regardless of the tenant's behaviour and action/inaction) does indeed seem to be their methodology. The sooner they accept private LLs are not forced to even be in this industry and/or even help solve the housing problem in this country and treating us with both the thanks and respect we deserve, the better! It's just a straight up haves vs have-nots that they see it as. LLs are evil for merely 'having' something the tenant does not.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

14:48 PM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 16/12/2019 - 14:00
I am actually quite often on Shelter's FB and I endlessly ask that very valid question - why they are working always against the LL instead of working with them. Even they must realise that private emergency housing should be cheaper than B&B. Their policies are absolutely baffling, and they never reply.
NB I can see posts from tenants who did not realise Shelter does not provide any housing...

Mick Roberts

16:34 PM, 16th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Yes Greg Beales from Shetler said he was contacting me a few weeks ago on important issues. He hasn't. They don't seem to want to work good landlords.

Larry Sweeney

9:50 AM, 17th December 2019
About 4 months ago

Yes Mick. Shelter will have nothing constructive to say to any landlord. The Alliance approached Shelter when we first set up in order to explore the possibility of them stopping their hate campaign against landlords and supporting delinquent tenants in the courts. Shelter need the bad landlord narrative because without that they would struggle for cash. Every landlord in the UK needs to write to their MP to get Shelter scrapped and their funds directed to front line housing issues.

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