Retaliatory Evictions Report

Retaliatory Evictions Report

14:54 PM, 16th December 2014, About 10 years ago 4

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retaliatary evictions reportAfter Paul Shamplina and Landlord action helped provided evidence, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector recently concluded its inquiry into Sarah Teather MP’s Tenancies (Reform) Bill addressing the problem of retaliatory evictions.

Whilst the Bill failed to make progress at Second Reading, the measures within it are included in an amendment to the Deregulation Bill which will be debated by the House of Lords in January.

To read the full Retaliatory Evictions Report please CLICK HERE

To read Paul’s original article Delighted as Revenge Eviction Bill is defeated  CLICK HERE

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Dr Rosalind Beck

22:07 PM, 17th December 2014, About 10 years ago

Well done Paul for your work on this and for raising such important points - which are quoted in the report. Along with David Cox you proved that the statistics presented by Shelter were grossly inaccurate and didn't make any sense. On the whole, I feel optimistic that logic will prevail. It is also especially good that the Report refers to the idea of a tenant going directly to the council without first informing the landlord as grossly unfair. It would be good if we could all have a close read of the Report and perhaps come up with some new arguments that can be added to future representations. I'm wondering about the validity of the report Shelter has relied on - with it being a self-report survey of one side of the landlord-tenant relationship. Eg. a tenant could say they had been evicted because of reporting a repair because they are too ashamed to admit the real reason was because they weren't paying the rent.

Dr Rosalind Beck

22:22 PM, 17th December 2014, About 10 years ago

Also, the idea that a proportion of tenants don't dare raise a repair issue... that's not scientific. It might say more about the tenants' personalities. Eg. what proportion of the general population is unassertive and doesn't like to raise issues/ask for something that will cost the other person money? This says nothing about whether the landlord would object to the repair. We could have had stacks of tenants like that, but I wouldn't know about it, because they haven't raised it (?!?)
I think a lot of the other side's arguments can be unpicked and exposed for what they are - mostly invented issues based on flimsy 'evidence.'

Paul Shamplina

11:59 AM, 18th December 2014, About 10 years ago


I agree with your comments, I made sure my evidence to the committee reflected the reality of serving Non fault Section 21s. Most of the time, when a section 21 is served, there are multiple of reasons, with relationships with tenants breaking down or Landlords circumstances changing, IE having to sell. On the survey we did 28% of Landlords served a section 21 because of rent arrears and did not want to go down the section 8 route, most of the time they write off the arrears. The bill is now looking to be heard in the House of Lords in January, so there is still more to happen. The RLA are working hard on this also to campaign for Landlords.

Steve Masters

9:11 AM, 20th December 2014, About 10 years ago

Both tenants and landlords have rights and responsibilities. If either party fails their responsibilities then then other party has the right to exercise their rights. But there is a third element too, choice. Tenants are free to chose where they live and landlords are free to chose who lives in their property, and quite rightly it should stay that way.

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