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Published: 28 November 2014. Written by LandlordAction

 

The Tenancies Reform Bill presented by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather and aimed at stopping 'revenge evictions’, has failed to secure enough votes to pass in Parliament, much to the relief of Landlord Action and other industry organisations.

 

Following the result, Founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, who gave evidence at the end of October to the All Party Parliamentary Group, commented “This is great news for landlords.  Whilst I fully agree that tenants need to be protected from the small minority of rogue landlords, there simply wasn’t enough evidence to support the need for more legislation, which would have impacted a large number of good, reliable landlords.”

 

“In the 24 years I have been dealing with problem tenants, I have only ever heard of the words “retaliation/revenge eviction” in th

e last 18 months.   Section 21 gives a landlord an automatic right of possession without having to give any grounds (reason) once the fixed term has expired. Shelter’s figures that 213,000 tenants have been served Section 21 notices as revenge evictions must be guess work because without surveying every landlord, it is hard to understand how they have reached this figure.”

 

A recent survey of landlords that had instructed Landlord Action to serve Section 21 notices revealed that only 2% had served a section 21 because the tenant had asked for repairs.  28% served notice because there were rent arrears and 15% needed the property back so they could sell, 13% needed to move back into the property, 11% wanted to re-let to another tenant to obtain more rent and 8% said the tenant wanted to be evicted so they could be re-housed by the Council.

 

Paul Shamplina continues “passing this Bill would have created a loophole for tenants to remain in properties for longer, lead to further rental arrears problems, stretched the resources of local authorities even further and lead to longer delays at court.  Yes,  we want to make sure tenants live in a safe and pleasant environment, but preventing the proper use of Section 21 is not the way to do this and would simply tarnish good landlords with a bad name.”

 

We at Landlord Action would like to acknowledge the hard work carried out by RLA in relation to this Bill.

 

by Steven Bates of Giraffe Lets

 

 

Having been a landlord for several years myself prior to starting Giraffe Lets in 2009 I knew that looking after your tenants was the key to a successful tenancy.  Good tenants will pay a fair rent for a good property and this is the mantra I've always stuck to when finding tenants for my own properties.

 

When the managing agent I was using left the industry to start a family it seemed like a great opportunity to establish a new company built from the ground up embedded with the principles of treating all customers fairly.  By customers I mean our landlords, tenants, professional trades people and suppliers as they all make up the fabric of our business.

 

Since inception in December 2009 Giraffe Lets has developed steadily and we now manage a portfolio of around 70 properties for landlords spread across the north east but predominantly in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and North Tyneside from our current office in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

 

There's five of us working in the branch including myself, my business partner, and our three staff who work tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the tenancy are looked after.

 

As consumers have a lot of choice in our marketplace it is important that as a team we stay ahead of the game and do not become complacent which is why we run a programme of Continual Professional Development (CPD) for all team members to ensure that the whole team is equipped with up to date knowledge.

 

Our collective knowledge and experience combined with the fact we're a small agency means that we're well placed to deliver a personal service where each property and tenant is looked after as if they were our own.  That's what sets us apart from the bigger agents and is the reason why more and more landlords are being referred to us.

 

As our focus is on quality and being in the industry for the long term we welcome the introduction of mandatory redress schemes for the Lettings industry.  It can only improve standards of care for all landlords and tenants alike.  That has to be good for business.

 

 

 

 

 

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