Protestors gather outside Michael Gove’s home to demand an end to Section 21

Protestors gather outside Michael Gove’s home to demand an end to Section 21

9:47 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago 36

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The London Renters Union has been slammed as a ‘rabble rousing group’ by the NRLA’s chief executive Ben Beadle after it protested outside the home of housing secretary Michael Gove.

On X/Twitter, the Union said: “We’re outside of Gove’s front door serving him a GIANT EVICTION NOTICE!

“Gove has shown more interest in protecting landlord profit than protecting families from homelessness.

“It’s time to kick the landlord lobby & their mates in government out!”

The event coincided with the fifth anniversary of the introduction of the Renters (Reform) Bill.

‘People are being forced out of their homes’

Its statement continued: “While Gove lives rent-free in a £25 million grace-and-favour luxury home near Buckingham palace, 100,000s of people are being forced out of their homes from section 21.

“We’ve had enough of broken Tory promises.

“End section 21 now!”

The giant sign the protestors carried said:

Eviction Notice: Dear Michael Gove,

“England’s 11 million renters need control back over their homes.

“It’s time to kick out the landlord lobby and put renters first.”

‘Solution that gives renters security and landlords confidence’

But Ben Beadle the National Residential Landlords Association hit back on X/Twitter: “I think Michael Gove has been trying to find a sensible solution that gives renters security and landlords confidence. Any other outcome will dramatically worsen the situation for renters.

“The reality is, #rentalreform will not resolve the substantive issue at play that these folk complain about: high rents and under supply of homes. New homes of all tenures and pro-growth tax measures will.

“The sooner rabble rousing groups that find it acceptable to drop in to MP’s homes realise that pragmatism and practical solutions must trump nonsense ideologies, the better.”

Landlords using a ‘cruel’ section 21 notice

The Union put up another video of ‘Natasha’ who complained yesterday that people are being evicted by landlords using a ‘cruel’ section 21 notice.

She complains that tenants who can’t pay their rent are ‘slapped with a section 21 notice.’

Mr Beadle said: “I am sympathetic to the plight of #renters – but this issue is being conflated. The lady herself gives the example of not paying rent and being ‘slapped with a section 21’.

“So, ignoring the fact it is not a ‘no fault eviction’ and very much a ‘fault’ if you have arrears – the real issue complained about is unaffordability. This will only be resolved by:

– increasing housing supply of homes to rent, social and private

– pro-growth tax measures that encourage investors to remain and invest

– an annual uprating of LHA

“The reality is that abolishing section 21 will not help with any of this.”

‘More homeless than we currently have’

One Landlord responded to the London Renters Union with: “Ending S21 now without court reform will see far more homeless than we currently have, you don’t seem to realise just how hot the fire you’re playing with is!”

And Cash Flow King said: “You want control then you save up and buy ur own homes. Without Landlords there will be 11 million homeless then you’ll have something to cry about.”

If you have an X/Twitter account, this is a video of the protest: https://twitter.com/i/status/1779811482542252175


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GlanACC

17:07 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Robb at 16/04/2024 - 16:56
I have decided that as BTL isn't my primary income and I don't like paying tax at 40%, then I am improving the properties I have left (6) - replacing patios, redecorating etc.. and with a bit of luck most of the rent I receive will be spent on maintenance - hence all tax deductable. All I am really interested in is capital appreciation and selling when the tenant leaves (I have one tenant who has been with me for 20+ years) .. might be some time.

Katy Ann

19:22 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Markella Mikkelsen at 16/04/2024 - 10:10
If you’re speaking as a landlord, then I’m afraid you've misunderstood the laws of tenancy. By granting a tenancy you have expressly given up your right for your property to be your home, for the duration of the tenancy. It may be of course that you’re confusing the words “house” and “home”. It’s still your house (as in the physical building) but not your home (as in the place where you habitually live).

SteveFowkes

19:30 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Katy Ann at 16/04/2024 - 19:22
I still expect the tenant to comply with the AST - no?

GlanACC

19:45 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by SteveFowkes at 16/04/2024 - 19:30Why would you EXPECT them to comply with an AST. You could HOPE that they would. There are too many scumbags around now that know they don't have to pay the rent and can 'introduce' faults in the property so they can prolong eviction. Too many charities gunning for the landlord and prepared to support the underdog tenant.

Desmond

0:45 AM, 17th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by moneymanager at 16/04/2024 - 11:15
I concur there are numerous parties lobbying / demonstrating on topics du jour, where the leadership have no genuine interest in the matter at hand, but see it as a pathway to their socialist utopia, and they seem able to attract endless funding. And that's just the supposed landlord associations - don't get me started on the rest of them!

Tarek Landoulsi

12:55 PM, 17th April 2024, About 2 months ago

I Don't understand here.....? Are they asking for more control over someelse's properties and assets? This is madness, what's next we need control over the prices of Bentley, Bugatti and Ferrari because we can't afford them and it is our human rights to every one of us to own one? This is mad

GlanACC

13:41 PM, 17th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Tarek Landoulsi at 17/04/2024 - 12:55
I would agree with that, I bought a Maserati once and I thought it was too expensive

NewYorkie

13:54 PM, 17th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by GlanACC at 17/04/2024 - 13:41
Maserati and Ferrari showrooms flooded in Dubai yesterday. Should be some good deals if you don't mind water stained fine grain leather! 🤪

LaLo

18:57 PM, 17th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Markella Mikkelsen at 16/04/2024 - 10:10
Your comment says it all! It might be a good idea to sent it direct the Michael Gove!

Roy

8:32 AM, 20th April 2024, About 2 months ago

And yet when people were protesting ULEZ several streets away from Kahn he had his police force quickly disperse and or arrest them.

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