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Retaliatory Evictions: Case against regulatory intervention

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The RLA has produced a document, “Retaliatory Evictions: the case against regulatory intervention”, which confronts claims by vested groups that landlords over-use and abuse their powers when ending tenancies. The suggestions are that forced evictions are a widespread practice within the private rented sector (PRS)…

The RLA has produced a document, “Retaliatory Evictions: the case against regulatory intervention”, which confronts claims by vested groups that landlords over-use and abuse their powers when ending tenancies. The suggestions are that forced evictions are a widespread practice within the private rented sector (PRS).

Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA, is dubious of the numbers that are provided by housing charity ‘Shelter’ in a recent parade of critiques on the PRS by the organisation.

Speaking to InsideHousing, Alan suggests that using the laws that are already in place is more effective than subjecting an entire industry, the majority of whom are compliant, to stricter rules.

Alan expertly points out that Shelter neglect to show just how many tenancies ended by the landlord are down to tenants not paying rent or behaving anti-socially.

You can view all of Alan’s comments on the InsideHousing website here.

View or download: “Retaliatory Evictions: the case against regulatory intervention” the RLA response document.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

3 Comments

  • I agree strongly that there is no point in introducing more laws and regulations into the private rental sector.
    We as good landlords are still getting tenants coming to us who just accept that they will loose their deposits and have never heard of deposit protection when we tell them about it. Why do the authorities not chase these criminal landlords who are stealing this money instead of introducing more hoops for us to jump through. We all know that the rogue landlords will ignore the new rules just as they are ignoring the existing.
    The same is the case for all sorts of areas like fire alarms etc.
    Prosecution for breaking the rules will bring the standard of rental property up far more effectively than more rules which will be ignored by the rogues and implemented by the good landlords.

  • Last year I let a house to a ‘friend’ at half rent for six months. He failed to pay-although claiming rent from Local Authority-how much of tax payers’ money is wasted that way I wonder?
    I took him to court and was pleased to say he was evicted. He was given three weeks to get out. During those three weeks he refused to let me in the house (not difficult to physically prevent me getting in-I’m an OAP). When he left the house- he appeared to be working-he kept his daughter andseveral young women there to prevent me getting in.
    He took whatever he wanted from the house and never handed in the keys.
    On the last day of his tenancy as he was loading a van with his friend I managed to slip into the house. He ‘ man-handled’ me out of the door. Police said I couldn’t prosecute as I had no witnesses and he had two.
    Less powers to Landord evictions? I don’t think we have enough.
    Patricia Hamilton

  • In fact this came up in coversation the other day, or local borough council is stopping us evicting a bad tenant, they do not have to find the money so this family can stay for nearly free.
    Secondly who can you report these bad landlords to who has the power to do something?
    I know of two who did not issue any paperwork and reakon that their tenants owe more than the deposit which was not protected in the first place

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