Private renters are suffering at the hands of landlords

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Sep 26 2016

Private renters are suffering at the hands of landlords

I recently read a report from Shelter who are claiming that private renters are suffering from law breaking landlords, they claim 12% of renters are actually suffering due to landlords breaking the law. Top of the suffering list is non-repayment of deposits. Interestingly landlords number one issue is non-payment of rent. I wonder who suffers more landlord chasing months of nonpayment of rent and court costs or tenant who’s deposit is protected under various government schemes.

I would suggest looking at the court system, there are far more landlords suffering than tenants.

However, I do agree that private renters should learn their rights as to the reports claims that more than a million are suffering at the hands of landlords who have broken the law, I would like to see the supporting evidence/research.
HMRC claim there are just over 2 million landlords in the UK and shelter are saying more than a million tenants are suffering at the hands of these landlords, even allowing for HMO that is more than the 12% they first claimed.
I am aware that some landlords are indeed rogue landlords, but at the same time we have seen a massive increase in the professional rogue tenant who knows the legal system and can stay rent free in property simply due to the increased time frame to issue proceedings and the time it takes for bailiff’s attendance.
The study by the housing charity Shelter states that 7.5% of tenants questioned claimed landlords were entering accommodation without permission. I can assure you that more than 7.5% of landlords have had to deal with a tenant refusing to pay rent and then had to remove the tenant through the lengthy legal process.
The survey further points out over the anger ofdeposits not being properly protected and utilities being cut off without permission, again learn your rights and report this as a criminal act under the housing act of 2004.
It cites further individual cases of threatening acts by landlords, again I can show you tenants who have wilfully committed damage to property in excess of £10k.
Shelter then go on to actually undermine their own argument by stating it is only with a minority of landlords in England. You only have to look at how backed up the courts are to identify that it is more than just a minority of tenants who are breaking rental agreements and are in the process of being evicted.
It is interesting that Danielle Goodwin actually is quoted as saying “Too many people simply don’t know their rights as a renter.” Is that the fault of the landlord? Yes there are some landlords who would take advantage of a tenants lack of knowledge but to quote Shelters own words this is in the minority.
She continues to say that every day at Shelter we speak to people at the end of their tether after a law-breaking landlord has caused chaos in their lives. I say to that every day almost every court in the land is dealing with rogue tenants who are being evicted from properties up and down this country, giving stress and financial worries to law abiding landlords.
To counter this research, the National Landlords Association found that 82% say they are happy with their current landlord.
As for abuse I have had numerous landlords contact me after receiving either verbally or physically abused by a tenant.
To close you only need to look at the legal system and the various acts to see that the law favours the tenant. To legally Evict My Tenant Limited from a property takes time and knowledge of the legal system. Should you find yourself dealing with a rogue tenant who needs removing legally then feel free to give us a call for free advice.

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  • Carol Ajegbo

    Of course there must be bad landlords – but there no objective way of measuring e.g.. number of deposits withheld which eventually had to be repaid?
    I have had mostly lovely tenants but some truly awful ones but I don’t have a way of recording these incidents for statistical purposes either….

    I have also had some very unsupportive attitudes from the Council which must eventually discourage social landlords.

    If landlords and tenants had a way of logging problems (with supporting evidence) which can then be statistically analysed (no personal details need to be published) then we could get a more objective view of things.

    3rd October 2016 at 10:47 am

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