Scotland Coronavirus Bill amendments defeated

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10:17 AM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Scotland Coronavirus Bill amendments defeated

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Scotland Coronavirus Bill amendments defeated

A second Coronavirus bill was passed by Scottish Government 20 May 2020 and thanks to lobbying by Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) proposed amendments to enact a two-year private sector rent freeze; place a two-year ban on tenant evictions for rent arrears.and extinguish rent arrears in cases of extreme hardship as a result of Coronavirus were defeated.

It could easily have caused devastation within the Private Rented Sector so a good news story against the moves by Scottish Labour and the Greens.

Hopefully England and Wales governments do not try something similar.

https://beta.parliament.scot/bills/coronavirus-scotland-no2-bill

Allan



Comments

Mick Roberts

11:28 AM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Are they crackers?
A 2 year ban on tenant eviction for rent arrears?

Extinguish rent arrears? Who thinks of these things? Aah Labour again, there u go. Labour again getting support from the tenants, but will someone please educate the tenants, it sounds good for them, but actually makes things worse for them.

More Landlords pack up when they hear of these things. Reducing supply & increasing rents for next lot of tenants.
And HB UC tenants don't get a sniff of the next house.

Annie Landlord

11:38 AM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

I just saw this on Inside Housing. European countries have put in place a variety of measures to help tenants, and landlords, but none have suggested writing off rents.
https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/insight/insight/how-europes-housing-sector-has-responded-to-the-covid-19-crisis-66450

Clint

13:12 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 22/05/2020 - 11:28Like you, Mick I was of the impression, that there would be virtually no new landlords venturing into the property market. I have currently properties for sale on the market, and to my surprise, there are several investors looking to purchase.
They all seem to be first time landlords, where they appear to know very little about renting but feel it is a good investment.
It gives the impression, that no one outside of the landlord community know what the situation is with landlords, and how the government is slowly, sorry correction as quickly as possible, destroying them.

For some unknown reason, the public are of the opinion, that landlords are there to support them although, this of course is the responsibility of the government.

moneymanager

13:29 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 22/05/2020 - 11:38
Can you give a synopsis, the article is paywalled?

Annie Landlord

15:44 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by moneymanager at 22/05/2020 - 13:29
Ah yes, IH is paywalled but the way to get the article is simply to type it’s title into your browser and it will come up for free. That’s how I did it this morning. Sorry, didn’t realise it went back behind a paywall if it was shared.

Mick Roberts

17:43 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 22/05/2020 - 13:12
Yes the new people have no idea what we/they up against.

Someone can live in your a house a year+ rent free.

Rob Crawford

18:39 PM, 22nd May 2020
About 2 weeks ago

A fantastic achievement by SLA, well done!

Possession Friend

14:44 PM, 23rd May 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 22/05/2020 - 13:12Agreed Clint, I've said elsewhere that the Government are treating the PRS as pseudo-Social landlords.
Shame England and Wales didn't have a landlord Association that fought the Govt for them, like SAL have done.
NRLA are ' agreeing with everything they do 'To' landlords, including the Pre-Action Protocol !

Clint

16:01 PM, 23rd May 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Possession Friend at 23/05/2020 - 14:44
I was just wondering, is it that the NRLA are not able to achieve anything even after the amalgamation of the two biggest landlord organisations or is it that they are not forceful enough?

On the other hand, could it be that landlords are not able to collectively go on strike, or do we have absolutely no means of fighting back?

It would be interesting if one could come up with a solution to this problem.

Possession Friend

17:31 PM, 23rd May 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 23/05/2020 - 16:01My view is yes Clint, Landlords enmasse would have to take collective action. We'd need a Dominic Cummins style negotiator who had Mass landlord backing ( but that would never happen ) to say to Govt - right, look here you bunch of shiesters, you reverse / abolish Sec 24 Tax and treat the PRS equally with Housing Association & Council Landlords, or we will go on a campaign of highly selective finance scrutiny of all tenants. ( That would be a legal way of not renting to tenants in receipt of benefit )
How long do you think the Local Authority could survive with the numbers beating at their door for Emergency Accommodation ! I'd say within 6 months Govt would cave
in.
It's long past time to ' take the gloves off '

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