17 Jun 2019

In a not very well publicised request (we couldn’t find it on Google) shelter is asking for landlord views.

This is our chance to alter the way they vilify all landlords because of the few.

It is really important that ALL landlords fill in the survey and explain to them the damage they do to many landlords by, for example, telling tenants to stay put until the bailiffs are called (and how much that has cost you and how long it takes).

How they need to stop calling section 21 “no fault eviction” because a) it is rarely no-fault it’s just that section 8 is not fit for purpose and many landlords have no other choice b) also s21 is notice to quit not eviction – it only becomes that because Shelter and Councils instruct tenants to stay put until they are evicted (even though councils are required to rehouse on notice but that’s another story for another day).

And maybe explain that s24, Licensing, etc are all driving up rents. And the real reasons (if this applies to you) that you don’t want or can’t afford to take benefits tenants.

Because if we don’t grasp this money to explain to Shelter the realities for our side they will continue not to understand!

I’m not suggesting we do this in any malicious way. Just state unemotionally the “facts” from your perspective as a landlord.  Oh and maybe keep a copy of your submission just in case…

Also be careful as the questions appear  a bit “loaded” towards defining us all as money grabbing don’t care about the tenants people “

The request from Shelter states: “Take our survey to help us understand what’s important to you and how we can best work together towards developing a better private rental sector. Answers are completely anonymised.”

Questions include:

  • What were your motivations for becoming a landlord?
  • What are the best things about being a landlord?
  • What are the main challenges you face as a landlord?
  • How would you describe your relationship with your tenants?
  • How do you think Shelter can work better with landlords?
  • What has been your experience of Shelter?

Lets hope this can be used as a positive step for Shelter and the PRS to start working together as opposed to against each other to the benefit of tenants.

Click here to access the survey