Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About A week ago 125
On 29th November, I attended the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) workshop all about the Private Rented Sector.
A number of high profile industry bodies including the NLA, RLA, Property Federation and the Property Ombudsman, as well as representatives such as Shelter and Kate Faulkner, attended the day.
I was also asked to go along and take part in two of the key topics being discussed which were improving the eviction process and tenants charter /’model’ tenancy agreements.
We know from our years of experience, that one of the barriers cited by landlords to longer tenancies is the difficulty of evicting tenants who fail to pay their rent promptly or meet their other obligations. But our thoughts are that when the landlord and tenant build up a trusting relationship, then longer tenancies should be given. The processes of seeking possession for grounds are lengthy, costly and risky. Many landlords prefer to wait until the end of the fixed tenancy and use S21 procedures, even though they may have legitimate grounds for seeking possession. Some landlords fail to make use of the accelerated procedures that are available under S21, and regaining possession via S21 is not always straightforward.
Some of the questions up for debate included:
– The key difficulties in seeing possession under S8 and also S21, using the accelerated procedure
– How typical it is for a landlord to have to proceed with obtaining a warrant for eviction and the difficulties in doing so
Not only was it great to be part of a lively discussion on such topics, it was an opportunity for us at Landlord Action to have the chance to really make a difference and further support you, the landlord.
We are really pleased to see the Government taking these issues seriously and we welcomed the opportunity to speak on behalf of landlords. We made suggestions for improvements including; greater information on how to seek possession, more support by way of mediation to avoid the eviction process altogether, the opportunity to carry out accelerated possessions online and a possible checking service via the courts, which would help speed the process up rather than having to wait two months for a case to be thrown out and started over again.
Whilst it is still too early to know what, if any, changes will be implemented, I am encouraged that as the PRS expands, the eviction process and necessary improvements appear to be of increasing importance within the Government’s agenda. We have always worked hard to fight for a fairer system for landlords, so any opportunity to highlight the struggles we see you face day in day out, can only be good news.
Watch this space!
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