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Landlords Outraged At Right To Rent Prison Threat

Landlords Outraged At Right To Rent Prison Threat

Landlords Outraged At
Right To Rent Prison Threat 

Private rental sector landlords and letting agents have expressed outrage over proposed amendments to the forthcoming Immigration Bill (2015) expected to be introduced in September, when MPs return from their summer break.

Section 20 – 37 of the Immigration Act 2014 contained the provision to make it compulsory for landlords to check the immigration status of all new adult tenants. Now officials want to enforce the measures, in order to strengthen their grip on the private rental sector (PRS).

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Tenancies Reform Bill Fails On Technicality

Tenancies Reform Bill Fails On Technicality

Tenancies Reform Bill Fails On Technicality

UK private rental sector (PRS) and social landlords were able to breathe a sigh of relief on Friday 28th November 2014, when the controversial Revenge Eviction Bill, or to use its correct title, the Tenancies Reform Bill, presented by Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, failed to progress past its first reading in the House of Commons.

Rather than failing on a vote, the bill failed on a technicality after MP’s Philip Davies and Christopher Chope chose to talk it out, known as filibustering, because there were not enough MP’s present in the House of Commons to vote for the Bill. The debate started at approximately 9.30am and parliamentary procedure dictates that only Bills which remain unopposed after 2.30pm may make further progress.

MP’s who supported the Bill tried bringing forward a closure motion, to end the debate and call for an early vote, however for a successful majority, at least 100 MP’s must support it, but the motion was only supported by 60 MP’s and the debate on the Bill subsequently ended.

In order for the Tenancies Reform Bill to become law by the next election it must pass a second reading stage in the House of Commons, but it is not certain whether the Government will commit more parliamentary time to debate the Tenancies Reform Bill to try to force it through.

UK PRS and social tenants do need to be protected from the small minority of rogue landlords, and so do good, reliable, law abiding landlords.

It is far from fair that the majority of upstanding landlords should be expected to alter legal business practices because of criticism drawn by a few rogue operators within the UK’s private rented sector.

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill proposed restrictions on the serving of section 21 notices even where only a “hazard awareness notice” has been issued by a council. Landlords wouldl also be prevented from serving a section 21 notice where an improvement notice has been served on a rental property relating to category 1 or category 2 Hazards under the HHSRS rating system, or where the rental property requires emergency remedial action.

Tenants would also be able to challenge section 21 notices where they had complained to the landlord or council before the notice was issued, but the council was still deciding whether to even inspect the property in question.

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Protesters Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Protesters Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Protesters Occupy Government Offices
In Call For Ban On Section 21 Notices

Last week campaigners from a tenant group called London Renters occupied the lobby of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) by bedding down in sleeping bags to protest at retaliatory evictions by private sector landlords and over the apparent insecurity of tenure within the UK’s private rented sector (PRS).

The protest followed a workshop apparently held by the Department of Communities and Local Government covering ways of making it easier for landlords to evict tenants.

The protesters wanted to highlight how being evicted by a private sector landlord has become the leading reason for homelessness in the UK. The campaigners want secure tenancies for all tenants, and in particular an end to ‘no fault’ evictions under section 21.

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Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

Tenants Fear Eviction For Reporting Outstanding Repairs

PRS Tenants Living In Fear Of
Retaliatory Evictions

A new survey has revealed that some tenants in private rented sector properties are living in fear of eviction because they had dared to complain to the landlord about outstanding repairs.

A third of tenants have been evicted or threatened with eviction after complaining to their landlord, according to new research carried out by online tenant community The Tenants’ Voice.

  • 61% of tenants said they were wary about complaining to their landlords
  • 71% of tenants have paid for repairs themselves rather than ask their landlords.

The survey suggests that a growing number of PRS tenants are facing retaliatory evictions because they voiced concerns over repairs. Desperate, cash strapped landlords have avoided taking out adequate Landlord Insurance policies to protect their rental properties and instead served section 21 notices to bring about the end of a periodic tenancy, rather than undertake the repairs that the tenants have requested, hoping that any new tenant won’t complain as much.

The UK tenant survey found that many tenants worry about asking their landlords to carry out repairs in fear of reprisals.

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More Tenants Face Eviction Over Bedroom Tax

More Tenants Face Eviction Over Bedroom Tax

Bedroom Tax Blamed For Increasing
Eviction Numbers

The apparent shortage of 1 and 2 bed properties in either the social or private rented sector means that more tenants are facing eviction for non-payment of the Bedroom Tax because there are no suitable properties available for them to move into.

Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of the Circle Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations managing 65,000 residential properties, has warned of a rise in tenant evictions because of the government’s new under-occupancy penalty, more commonly known as the bedroom tax.

Mr Rogers said “It is inevitable that there will be a long-term increase in the number of people failing to pay their rent as there are simply not enough vacant smaller properties for people affected to move into to avoid the charge. Circle Housing Group are offering tenants financial advice and encouraging those affected to look at a house exchange scheme, which has seen a 26% rise, but an increase in evictions is also to expected. The under-occupation charge is hitting a lot of people very hard, as you would expect. They are losing money and by the very nature of being on benefits, they are on very low incomes. People can’t down-size because there aren’t enough properties for them to move in to. We did a survey and one finding was that if you let every single bedroom that came vacant, and you housed an under-occupier there, it would take eight years to clear the backlog. Our view is that  for the vast majority the transfer system is untenable. We won’t evict someone if we can’t find a solution for them. If they don’t take that solution that we offer, then we will evict, but we see it as our job to make sure we don’t go down that route. If that happens we see it as a failure; it is expensive to the local authority, it is expensive to the person, traumatic for the person, often not good for the community. We see evictions generally as a last resort. From our perspective I think as time goes on they will go up a little but our plan is that by using our solutions we minimise the impact.”

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Landlord Details Must Be Included In Prescribed Information

Landlord Details Must Be Included In Prescribed Information

All UK Landlord details should be correct
before being included in Prescribed Information

The information must be included, even when the rental property is fully managed by a managing agent, to avoid any possible legal problems with tenancy deposits.

Linda Howard, of Shoosmiths solicitors has warned that individual judges could make different interpretations on the wording of requirements after the news that a possession order was overturned because the legally required Prescribed Information gave the letting agent’s details instead of the landlords.

She said: “The Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order (2007) seems to make it clear, at 2, (g) (iii) that the name, address, telephone number and any email address or fax number of the landlord, not the agent, must be given.”

Ms Howard also pointed out that in another case in the county court, a duty solicitor raised exactly the point of an agent’s rather than the landlord’s details being given and the judge subsequently adjourned those proceedings because of seeming non-compliance with the Prescribed Information Order. However, the case went through on the second hearing because the landlord argued that Rules of Agency applied.

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 Potential new documentary for Channel 4 

looks at the world of problem tenants

Documentary wants to hear from landlords with problem tenantsBruce Haagensen received the following request from Jennifer Gilroy of IWC Media and wondering if Landlords would like to participate in a possible documentary:

My name is Jennifer Gilroy and I’m a producer with a television production company. I’m developing a potential documentary for Channel 4 which looks at the world of problem tenants.

Channel 4 are really interested to develop a programme which explores the current economic climate and how it is affecting the private rental market – from the recession hit ‘accidental landlords’ to other landlords with larger property portfolios – but all having to deal with the consequences (financial and emotional) of troublesome tenants.

We’re hoping to look at this from people at the early stages of problems perhaps trying to deal with it through dialogue with their tenants, to other cases which have gone down the legal route towards eventual eviction.

I have detailed below some further information about my company and the documentary proposal.  And of course if you would like to discuss the project with me in more detail, I’d be delighted to be able to chat to you and ask advice.  I work in our development team and so this is not a commissioned documentary, Channel 4 have asked us to explore the area and find potential people to be involved, so any help or advice would be hugely appreciated.

IWC Media, producers of award winning documentaries such as ‘Stephen Fry: Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’ and makers of long running property series ‘Location, Location, Location’, are developing a new documentary for Channel 4 looking at the world of landlord and tenant disputes.

They want to hear from landlords who are currently in dispute with their tenants – from rental payments to concerns about the state of their property. 

The purpose of the documentary would be to look at the financial AND emotional costs the current economic climate is having within the private rental market.

Whether they’re at the start of the problem or have already sought legal advice to evict – we’d like to hear from them.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this request and I hope you might be able to help.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer direct either via telephone on 0141 353 8417 or email at jennifer.gilroy@iwcmedia.co.uk

About IWC Media

IWC Media is the largest independent television production company in Scotland and, as part of Zodiak Media Group, one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of content for TV, radio, new media as well as cinema. 

With offices in Glasgow and London, IWC has a well-established reputation for making, intelligent, popular and award-winning content for all the terrestrial and digital channels in the UK as well as broadcasters beyond the UK such as Discovery, the History Channel and National Geographic. 

Our output ranges from popular factual, lifestyle and formats in peak-time and daytime through to landmark documentaries, blue-chip science, art and history series.    

As well as being incredibly proud of the range of programmes we make, we also pride ourselves on the way we make them.  We’ve built up a strong track record and reputation making powerful documentaries which often involve high profile talent exploring difficult but important issues, or sensitively handled access where we’ve worked closely with organisations like the police, hospitals, councils or charities to gain access in to worlds an audience rarely gets to see.  Some examples hopefully showing the range and quality of our output include: 

  • Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2 x 60) BBC2
    Series exploring bipolar disorder and winner of International Emmy for Best Documentary
  • Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer’s (2 x 60) BBC2
    Winner of BAFTA Scotland for Best Factual Series & Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series
  • Making Faces (4 x 60) FIVE
    Documentary series currently being produced following a facial reconstruction unit and team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
  •  Big Body Squad (7 x 60) FIVE 
    Documentary series following bariatric teams up and down the UK dealing with our largest people.
  • Gareth Gates: Stop My Stutter (1 x 60)  BBC THREE
    Documentary following Gareth Gates helping 4 young stammerers to speak.  
  • Location, Location, Location Channel 4
    Our long-running, benchmark property format with professional house-hunters, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer. Now entering its eleventh year and still going strong
  •  Extreme Fishing with Robson Green Five
    The hugely successful fishing travelogue presented by actor Robson Green 
  • Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (5 x 60) Channel 4
    Landmark series celebrating the great visionaries of British science, presented by some of our greatest living scientists and engineers including Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Robert Winston, Mark Evans, James Dyson, Aarathi Prasad, Jim Al-Khalili.
  • Mountain with Griff Rhys Jones (5 x 60) BBC1
    Winner of Scottish BAFTA for the Best Factual Entertainment Programme
  • A Year in the Life of J K Rowling (ITV1)
    Through extraordinary access we followed J K Rowling as she wrote the last Harry Potter novel  
  • Cutting Edge: The Air Hospital (1 x 60) Channel 4
    Documentary following elite pilots and medics flying critically injured troops home from Afghanistan
  • Modern Masters with Alastair Sooke (6 x 60) BBC1
    A landmark arts series on four legends of Modern Art: Matisse, Dali, Warhol and Picasso.
  • Lost Kingdoms of Africa (4 x 60) BBC4 and BBC2
    Landmark series exploring forgotten Kingdoms of pre-colonial Africa fronted by Gus Casely-Hayford
  • Rory and Paddy’s Great British Adventure (Five)
    A road trip round Britain with Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuiness taking part in mad events.
  •  Ten Days That Made the Queen (Channel 4)
  •  Ross Kemp on Gangs (4 x 60) Sky One
    Broadcasting Press Guild Award for the Best Multi-Channel Documentary
  •  The Genius of Charles Darwin (3 x 60) Channel 4
    Winner of Broadcast Award for Best Documentary Series & Scottish BAFTA for Best Factual Series
  •  The Root of All Evil with Richard Dawkins (2 x 60) Channel 4
    Polemical journey exploring roots of religion and winner of Scottish BAFTA for Best Documentary
  •  The Enemies of Reason with Richard Dawkins (Channel 4)
    Two part series on irrationality with the celebrated academic. 
  •  Robbie Coltrane’s B-Road Britain (ITV1)
    Road trip round Britain with one of its best loved comic actors.
  • Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe (Channel 4)
  • Kirstie’s Homemade Home Channel 4
    Popular home-craft format following Kirstie Allsop’s attempts to renovate her home
  • Crimes that Shook the World (Discovery)
    Respected series exploring the lives of serial killers around the world.  
  • The Detonators (Discovery)
    A series following the work of companies who blow up buildings. 
  • A Woman in Love and War: Vera Brittain (BBC One)
    A powerful documentary celebrating the life of Vera Brittain.  Presented by Jo Brand 
  • Wreck or Ready? BBC Daytime
    A brand new format delivering high-quality multiple episodes on a fast turnaround schedule
  • The Joy of Motoring (BBC4)
    The history of driving with historian Tristram Hunt. 
  • Scots Who Made the Modern World (BBC Scotland)
    Series celebrating great Scottish inventors, medical pioneers and engineers. 
  • The Pre-Raphaelites (BBC4) 
  • Michaela’s Zoo Babies (Five) 
  • UK’s Toughest Jobs (Sky One)
  • Mean Machines (Discovery

For more information, visit our website at www.iwcmedia.co.uk and http://www.zodiakmedia.com/

Tenant evictions increase because of severe rent arrears

as rents and utility bills rise

Rise in Tenant Evictions

Rise in Tenant Evictions

UK landlords are well aware that continuing to house tenants that are already in rent arrears can be a costly exercise, unless swift action is taken to evict them.

Hiring eviction experts can help speed up the eviction process of these non paying tenants and using eviction experts should avoid the case being thrown out of court due to minor inaccuracy or mistakes in the required paper work.

Landlords are moving faster than ever to evict tenants who fall into rent arrears according to the latest figures from Sweet & Maxwell, the leading legal information provider.

Any tenant more than two months behind on their rent is classified as being in severe rental arrears. The number of tenants affected by rent arrears rose nearly 5% during the last quarter of 2012.

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Landlord Possession Orders And Tenant Evictions Increase

Tenant Eviction Figures Increase Again

Tenant Eviction Figures Increase Again

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of PRS landlords seeking to evict bad tenants and the volume of possession orders doesn’t look like abating any time soon according to data released by the UK Government.

Government figures show that there were 103,329 landlord claims for tenant eviction and orders for possession made last year, the highest recorded rate over the last five years and continues to represent an upward trend.

It is estimated that between 67% and 80% of claims led to a possession order being granted by the courts.

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New landlords are using rental income to provide for their retirement

New landlords are using rental income to provide for their retirement

A high proportion of struggling residential property owners are copying the practices of successful portfolio landlords and choosing to offer their properties for rental purposes in the UK private rental sector (PRS) in order to provide adequate finances for their retirement.

Of the struggling property owners choosing to offer property to rent for the first time and existing portfolio landlords who responded to the BM Solutions/ BDRC Continental survey:

  • 84% view their rental property as a supplementary income to their pension
  • 60%of landlords actively plan to live off the rental income either before or at retirement.
  • 40% agree that their property is their pension and intend to make a decision dependent on the state of the property market once they reach retirement age.
  • Very few landlords plan to sell all properties in their portfolio when they reach retirement

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