Shelter needs to stop its campaign of scaremongering

Shelter needs to stop its campaign of scaremongering

23:01 PM, 26th April 2022, About a month ago 8

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Responding to research published by Shelter on repossessions in the private rented sector, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said:

“Shelter needs to stop its campaign of scaremongering. The vast majority of landlords do not spend their time plotting ways to get rid of their tenants for no reason.

“Official data shows that fewer than 10 per cent of tenants who move do so because they are asked to by their landlord or letting agent. Likewise, the number of cases coming to court as a result of Section 21 notices has been falling since 2015.

“The Government has committed to abolishing Section 21 possessions, but this has got to be replaced by a system that is both fair and workable for both tenants and landlords. Simply getting rid of Section 21 on its own would, for example, make it all but impossible to take action against anti-social tenants who blight the lives of neighbours and fellow tenants.

“The NRLA has published its detailed plans for a new system that strikes the right balance. We urge Shelter to work constructively with us on these.”



Comments

by Gromit

7:30 AM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Asking Shelter to stop bashing Landlords is like asking a leopard to change uts spots. Shelter seems to exist only to bash Landlords, it lost its way years ago.
Perhaps it could relaunch itself, say, giving the homeless err um "shelter"? Maybe even work with Landlords to provide homes for the homeless?

by David Price

10:07 AM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Am I the only landlord to support Shelter? Long may its ill advised S21 campaign continue for it has driven Landlords from the PRS allowing me to increase rents beyond my wildest dreams.

by JB

11:03 AM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 27/04/2022 - 10:07
I agree!

And when you have a good tenant, they never leave as available properties to rent are rare as hen's teeth. Exactly what a landlord wants.

All those predictions of 2015 have come true!

by northern landlord

12:20 PM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

The NRLA showing some backbone at last, instead of just appearing to roll over and accept everything that the Government under the influence of Shelter, Generation Rent etc. dream up to bash landlords. Left the NRLA as it seemed more concerned with delighting tenants and trying to sell me stuff rather than fighting for the people who pay their wages. Keep this up and I might re-join!

by NewYorkie

13:27 PM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 27/04/2022 - 10:07
I see where you're coming from, and I have increased the rent on one property, but I've simply had enough of the PRS.

Retirement shouldn't have to be such a hassle, day in, day out. Pay this, increase that, certificate needed here, repair that, new this, leak from upstairs, tenant unhappy with... a hundred different things, tenant can't pay rent, tenant is anti-social, tenant is damaging flat, tenant won't pay rent, tenant won't move out, S8 at great cost, tenant then pays a bit... return to Go... do not collect £200! Then it starts again...

I'd rather be on a yacht, sipping a cocktail, with no ungrateful tenants to have to subsidise.

by Carol

17:19 PM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by NewYorkie at 27/04/2022 - 13:27
I could not have put it better myself. It's now not about ROI (return on investment) but ROH (return on hassle) and it no longer stacks up either way!

by Rod

19:08 PM, 27th April 2022, About a month ago

Shelter claim more than 200,000 private renters in England have been served eviction notices without doing anything wrong in the last three years.

Landlord Association, iHowz, can only assume they are once again referring to the use of no reason given possession notices, sought under section 21(1) or (4) of the Housing Act 1988.

No landlord will seek to evict their tenants without good reason. Retaliatory evictions were banned under the Deregulation Act 2015
Why would a business terminate their agreement with a reliable customer who was meeting the terms of their agreement, paid on time and had no arrears, other than a change to their business (to refurbish or sell the property)?

Landlords are often forced to use S21 as it provides greater certainty of eviction, without adversarial court proceedings.
iHowz are lobbying MPs to show them that revoking S21 is likely to lead to unintended consequences, and are proposing changes to S21 to give greater security to tenants who have been tenants for a number of years.
Details of our campaign can be found here https://ihowz.uk/category/campaigns/

We would like to take this opportunity to remind MPs and tenant representatives that, as stated on the .Gov Tenancies and Leases page, Section 21 gives a landlord an automatic right of possession without having to give any grounds (reasons) once the fixed term has expired.

iHowz will be writing to Michael Gove and Stuart Andrew to get this page corrected.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/assured-tenancy-forms#form-6a.

Take a look at our S21 campaign and keep an eye out for our Rental White Paper, which we are publishing next week
https://ihowz.uk/category/campaigns/

Before you call your agent for a sales valuation, please take a few minutes to write to your MP and send a copy of our S21 proposal

by Mick Roberts

8:18 AM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 27/04/2022 - 10:07
Yes David & JB,

Mine can't go either. Good for stability for Landlord. Bad if/when u want to sell & retire one day.


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