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Don’t make it harder to evict tenants - plea to government

A leading trade body is pleading with the government not to make it harder for landlords or their agent representatives to evict tenants when appropriate.

“The vast majority of landlords are doing everything possible to support tenants through difficult times. To suggest otherwise is needless scaremongering and serves only to heighten anxieties for tenants when we need a spirit of co-operation” according to there National Residential Landlords Association’s chief executive Ben Beadle.

“As ministers consider their next steps regarding the ban on evictions, they should not make it more difficult to take action against tenants who may be committing anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse, or where they are wilfully withholding rent which they can afford to pay.

“We need landlords who are going through a difficult time to have the confidence to stay in the market. Otherwise we are only going to end up with a worsening housing crisis as more tenants chase fewer properties.”

Beadle’s request to government comes in the light of new finding suggesting that landlords have taken a big income hit to help struggling tenants. 

According to a survey of over 4,500 landlords by the National Residential Landlords Association, 90 per cent of those who received a request for support from a tenant had responded positively. 

This included offering tenants a rent reduction or deferral, a rent free period, early release from a tenancy or a refund on service charges included in rents for homes of multiple occupation. 

Of all the landlords surveyed, 44 per cent had received a request for help.

Over half of landlords have been affected in some way by the impact of the virus on their tenants with 54 per cent having experienced some combination of rent payment problems or unanticipated periods when properties are empty. 

The survey finds that 60 per cent of those landlords who have declared rent arrears have experienced at least the equivalent of one month’s loss of income across their portfolio.

The figures are supported by a large number of case studies the NRLA has received from landlords seeking to support their tenants which has included free or substantially discounted accommodation for NHS workers, and landlords pro-actively assuring tenants that their tenancy is not at risk.

Yesterday we reported a claim made by a landlord publication - with unnamed sources - claiming that the current eviction ban is unlikely to be extended beyond its current late June end-date.

Poll: Should the eviction ban be extended beyond June?

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    Shelter, Citizens Advice, LRU etc all DEMAND the Government supports tenants.
    NRLA however, PLEADS with the Government to support landlords.

    Notice the difference?

  • Paul Barrett

    Perhaps with phone or video based justice there could be a massive reduction in the time it takes to evict.
    County Courts should adopt video justice.

    It would facilitate many more cases to be processed every day.
    There must be many good rent paying tenants out there that would love to repkace feckless rent defsukting ones.
    Unfortunately everyone is doing everything they can to prevent LL from repossessing their properties and in the process frustrating the ability of LL to conduct a viable business.
    Has the world gone mad!!
    Are LL the free bank in town forced to be so by a bonkers tortuous legal process!?

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