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RLA questions Shelter’s claims

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RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to the Chief Executive of homelessness charity ‘Shelter’ asking for clarity on statistics released to the media that recently claimed tenants across the country are suffering at the hands of rogue landlords. The RLA condemns any landlord who engages in harassment, threats, or assault of tenants, but finds the reported numbers hard to believe…

RLA Chairman Alan Ward has written to the Chief Executive of homelessness charity ‘Shelter’ asking for clarity on statistics released to the media that recently claimed tenants across the country are suffering at the hands of rogue landlords. The RLA condemns any landlord who engages in harassment, threats, or assault of tenants, but finds the reported numbers hard to believe.

You can read the letter in full by clicking here.

Shelter claims that 125,000 tenants in England are being abused by landlords, a serious claim and unacceptable in the eyes of the RLA. However, the figures do not add up.

Shelter claims that 120,000 privately renting tenants in the West Midlands and another 100,000 tenants in the North West are subject to various forms of harassment. This exceeds the published national figure and the RLA has requested clarity on how these numbers were attained.

The RLA has questioned if the figures were taken from a smaller survey sample and then extrapolated. Shelter claim that YouGov conducted the research and we have asked for the numbers to be published in full.

The RLA also notes that the case studies used appear to be one tenant renting in London.

Shelter’s claims are very serious and should not be taken lightly, however transparency with figures must be provided and our request should hopefully shed some light on such an emotionally charged subject.

The RLA will keep you informed of any updates as they become available.

You can read the letter in full here.

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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.

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  • Its typical shelter large meal no substance. How do they define threat , How do they define harrassement.

    Many tenants define harrassement as asking for the rent that’s now overdue.
    They complain of threats, they don’t however elaborate to the type of threat, which may be notice of court action, eviction, debt collectors etc.

  • I own several flats in a block, one that I do not own has a person who works at shelter, in one of my flats I have a person who works on housing for citizen advice.
    At least I can put my Tenant right, when he has got it a it wrong.
    The person from Shelter is always giving advice to not just my Tenants but anyone who speaks to them.
    If you listened to this person I am the worst Landlord ever, yet my Tenants disagree.
    Shelter in my Town cause problems to many good Landlords, but protect the bad landlords because they will house people that no body else will.
    I do not believe these figures at all.

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