Support a homelessness charity which provides actual shelter!

Support a homelessness charity which provides actual shelter!

9:56 AM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago 16

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The Landlords Alliance campaign to stop B&Q supporting anti-private landlord charity Shelter and to get them to instead support a homelessness charity which provides actual shelter has gathered pace this week. Landlords and other property professionals have been hugely supportive of the campaign. As one commentator said about Shelter on Property Industry Eye:

“It constantly posts pictures of mould etc and always blames the landlord.  Never does It mention how a tenant might be contributing to condensation by their lifestyle.

It supports taxing landlords to bankruptcy via SECTION 24.

It supports tenants from hell remaining in the property.

It encourages tenants to wait for the bailiffs.

It refuses to work with the PRS for the good of tenants.”

Today, a letting agent has told her story of how a landlord has had a terrible time, not only because of some dreadful, anti-social, non-paying tenants, but also because of Shelter’s support for these, which has made their awful predicament so much worse. Agent tells supporter B&Q how Shelter has allowed ‘tenants from hell’ to stay in property

People who support and donate to Shelter need to know that this is how they operate ‘on the front line’, in addition to their national campaigning against the private rented sector. And Shelter think they’re the good guys?


Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

10:31 AM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

I don't think anybody but the charities I support really care about which charities I support, but let me assure anybody reading this that Shelter isn't one of them, for obvious reasons!

Rob Thomas

12:05 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

This is an excellent campaign and I hope it can be broadened so that more people understand what Shelter really does. The general public simply think Shelter is all about supporting the homeless. They really have no idea that they spend donations on fighting to keep problem tenants in homes or encourage people to ignore court orders.

Rob Thomas

12:37 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

I have found that Nationwide Building Society also has a relationship with Shelter. This is ironic as Nationwide has landlord customers who may have suffered financial distress at the hands of rogue tenants supported by Shelter.

I have contacts at Nationwide and could email them on behalf of the Landlord Alliance to tell them what Shelter is really about. Perhaps Nationwide Building Society could use their relationship with Shelter to encourage a change of course?

Landlord Alliance, would you like me to do this?


12:43 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago


12:45 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

A very similar thing had happened to me when I attempted to evict a tenant from a property where the tenant owed me over £3,000 and had caused a lot of damage within about 3 months,.I think it was two days before the hearing, that I received a letter from shelter’s solicitor stating that my application was invalid and that they would be representing the tenant.
On the day of the hearing, the barrister that attended, pointed out some minor errors in the forms that were filled in (Not the section 8 form). In order to prevent the case from going any further, I suggested to the barrister that I would be prepared to agree to wipe out the debt of £3000 plus, as long as we agreed that the tenant vacates the property within 28 days. The barrister insisted on letting her stay a further six months and wipe out the debt as it would be difficult for the lady to find accommodation, but I totally disagreed. As we were called to the hearing, the barrister agreed to the tenant vacating within 28 days.
At the hearing, the judge stated that the hearing would have to be adjourned and, an agreement signed so that it was agreed by both parties and I would have to pay the days court hearing costs and he would allow me to amend the documentation ready for the next hearing. At that point, I did not realise, that had I agreed if not drafted properly, the tenant could have still stayed on after the 28 days and I would have had to start the same process again but this time using a section 21 notice as I had wiped out the debt.
After the hearing, I engaged counsel at a cost of around £500 (as once again the shelter solicitor was not initially agreeing to the tenant leaving within 28 days) who drew up a Tomlin order and all this was very stressful as, it transpired that the barrister’s costs at the hearing was £1400 plus I would have had to pay shelter’s solicitor’s costs from the start of the case which was quite shocking.
The counsel who was very good managed after a lot of stressful days for me, managed to get them to agree that I wipe out the debt and the tenant leaves within 28 days where, she would get away with getting a CCJ.
So all in all, I ended up losing around £4000 and a flat that needed to be fully redecorated and the tenant who was a nasty person got away with it all. I believe the solicitor and barrister were paid with tax payer's money as, the tenant was on legal aid.

Luke P

13:02 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Rob Thomas at 23/11/2018 - 12:37
That *could* mean a LL with lending from Nationwide who fails to make loan repayments due to a non-paying tenant could be repossessed, with Nationwide in Court attempting to evict the tenants who are represented by Shelter who are supported by Nationwide...!

How perverse.

Dr Rosalind Beck

13:14 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 23/11/2018 - 12:45
How shocking and awful, Clint. Do you mind if I post this on Property Industry Eye where this is being discussed also?


13:37 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 23/11/2018 - 13:14
Yes, sure. I have no problem with it being re-published.

Larry Sweeney

15:33 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

To Rob Thomas. Thank you please go ahead I speak for the Alliance.
The more one reads about Shelter, the more determined we must be to put the brakes on this so called Charity.

Rob Thomas

17:05 PM, 23rd November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 23/11/2018 - 15:33
Thank you Larry - I will contact Nationwide. I think Shelter should be accountable for their actions.

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