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OK, so they need to be louder and more polemical. I certainly agree, they do need to be more vocal and I for one would be happy for them to just come out and call out Shelter and Labour for being quack Marxists who won't be happy until the concept of private property is abandoned. I think a lot of the service they provide, the advice and materials are good, but yes admittedly there are problems with the campaigning side of things. I think to a certain extent that goes beyond their control, successive governments hell bent on interfering in the PRS as a vote-winner are going to continually bend to the will of the tenant voter until they realise that the landlords have abandoned the PRS and all the tenants who were housed by them turn up on the door of social housing. LIke with all things, common sense and empirical evidence mean very little against the emotive things that Shelter and the like put out and there isn't much of a public sympathy for landlords. Its difficult to balance criticising the government thoroughly, which truth be told would probably be just telling the Ministry of Housing that every they are doing is completely wrong and maybe a bunch of civil servants don't know how things work in the real world, but this would very quickly fall on deaf ears and would make it far harder for any concessions to landlords to be achieved. The government wouldn't even listen to putting back the electrical safety whilst the pandemic is on-going despite most landlords being unable to get sparkys in, never mind the fact that it is staggeringly incompetently written, so even small sensible concessions aren't forthcoming. I just think the tide has turned irreversibly to the point at which only catastrophe would turn it back. It'll go back to the same state of affairs when the old Rent Act tenancies were in place and the govt. had to make the market more attractive for landlords again to keep the PRS going. Whether anyone will have the Thatcherite will to do so though will remain to be seen.

From: James Smith 16 June 2020 14:25 PM

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