Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

by Property 118

8:50 AM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

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Shelter’s call to adopt Scottish indefinite tenancies model criticised

Responding to a report published today by Shelter which calls for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said: “Shelter fails to recognise key differences between England and Scotland.

“The only reason the Scottish model has worked is because a properly funded and staffed housing court was established to cope with the dramatic increase in repossession cases needing to be heard.

“Across England and Wales it takes an average of over five months for landlords to repossess properties through the courts. This is not good enough.

“We call on Shelter to back the RLA’s plans for a dedicated housing court that can process repossession claims in legitimate circumstances without frustrating landlords. Simply tinkering with the existing courts will not work.”

David Smith continued: “It is also disappointing that in arguing that changes in Scotland have affected the supply of homes for rent, Shelter has used figures from before the changes were introduced.

“As the latest data from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors notes clearly, whilst the demand for new homes to rent has increased considerably in Scotland, new landlord instructions have fallen, providing less choice for tenants.”



Comments

Larry Sweeney

9:08 AM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

We call on the RLA ,NLA and all landlord organisations to join with the Alliance and call for Shelter to be disbanded.
We will now work to get another coalition together to stop Shelter.
We have had enough from this housing charity which houses nobody.
No organisation should engage on any level with Shelter. To illustrate my point please look at the list of donors who gave to Grenfell survivors. Not a penny from Shelter. Look at what they pay their top management and now they want to undermine property rights by removing s21.
The Alliance from day one identified Shelter as a legitimate target. We will work non stop to get their funds redirected to charities which do provide housing and money to those less fortunate.
Lets come together and put Shelter the multimillion anti landlord organisation out of business.
Lets start today with every property 118 reader demanding that Shelter bond all Dss tenants and immediately pay £5k to every Grenfell victim, instead of using their millions to attack landlords and undermine property owners rights.
We were advised to be careful attacking a charity. Not anymore we are receiving floods of emails praising us for standing up to this shower.

Neil Patterson

9:11 AM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

Breaking News: Shelter now remove the report!

Clint

11:02 AM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 18/06/2019 - 09:08
Keep up the good work. I fully agree with you.

I strongly recommend those who have not joined the National Landlords Alliance to do so immediately. They actually fight for Landlords rights.

Appalled Landlord

13:39 PM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

You can listen to Polly Neate and David Smith of the RLA discuss Shelter’s withdrawn report on You and Yours. Smith refuted the claims made by Neate.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000612p

It starts after one minute.

Neate said, twice, that eviction from a private tenancy is the biggest cause of homelessness in England. She also said “S 21 evictions are evictions basically for no reason”

I’ve told you before, Polly, nobody evicts a tenant without a reason:
https://www.property118.com/shelter-ceo-confused-reasons-evictions/

Section 21 does not cause homelessness https://www.property118.com/shelter-ceo-also-confused-no-fault-evictions/

and your own website explains what the causes are: https://www.property118.com/shelters-website-says-section-21-not-cause-homelessness/

Arnie Newington

22:07 PM, 18th June 2019
About a month ago

What landlords representatives should be saying is that the new PRT has come at a cost to tenants and there is now a bill going through The Scottish Parliament to introduce Rent Control.

Rent Controls would be a disaster and turn an affordability crisis into a supply crisis and it would be a mistake to follow Scotland down this path.

Appalled Landlord

14:30 PM, 19th June 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 19/06/2019 - 13:39
Hi Neil

I also looked on Shelter’s website on Tuesday for the report but there was no sign of it. I believe what The Negotiator’s article said “Breaking: Shelter removes renting report from website after being savaged by landlords”

It looks like somebody in Shelter thought they shouldn’t be trying to influence the Tory leadership contest with what had been revealed as fake news and withdrew it, but someone else, perhaps a Malcolm Tucker type person, over-ruled the withdrawal as a sign of backing down in the face of facts.

Shelter’s Director of Campaigns, Greg Beales, was a Downing Street adviser to Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

I am currently enjoying the box set of “The Thick of it” which the BBC has made available on iPlayer. It shows the shambolic way in which government decides policy. This is still happening e.g. Theresa May’s announcement of the abolition of Section 21.

Now she is on her way out, Shelter is trying to get the leadership contenders to commit to her mad idea. The elusive report - now you see it, now you don’t - ends with “Whoever replaces May as PM should take note: you have the opportunity to genuinely improve renters’ lives and win the support of a group of voters who could, sooner or later, have a critical influence in the outcome of a general election.”

ameliahartman

14:34 PM, 19th June 2019
About a month ago

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Appalled Landlord

14:37 PM, 19th June 2019
About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by ameliahartman at 19/06/2019 - 14:34
The report is called "Scotland is proof we must abolish Section 21"

ameliahartman

16:27 PM, 20th June 2019
About a month ago

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