Debate: With recent attention on Section 21 of the Landlord and Tenants Act, should it be scrapped? Yes – Hannah Slater is policy and public affairs manager at Generation Rent. Section 21 allows landlords to evict tenants with just two months’ notice and without giving them any reason. It’s an outdated bit of law. Three decades on from its creation, private renters are often families with school-age children, older people who rely on their communities, and long-term sick and disabled people who need health service continuity. For them , an unwanted house move is physically, mentally and financially very difficult. Section 21 also facilitates revenge evictions as landlords can kick out tenants who ask for repairs, and it’s a leading cause of homelessness. This level of housing insecurity is unacceptable and unnecessary – in most of Europe it’s not this way. Scotland has open-ended tenancies, so tenants can stay as long as they want if they’re … [Read more...] about Debate: With recent attention on Section 21 of the Landlord and Tenants Act, should it be scrapped?
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If your landlord's telling you to vote against the Government or they'll raise your rent, the Human Rights Commission wants to hear from you. Landlords have been raising rents and blaming the Labour-NZ First coalition, with one property owner telling others they should be "scaremongering" their tenants. "If 35 percent of houses are rentals in New Zealand and we can get say half of the tenants NOT to give Labour their vote, we might as a collective help change the outcome of the next election and in doing so send the Labour Party a clear message," landlord David McQuoid said on the Property Investors Chat NZ Facebook page, which has nearly 20,000 members. Another sent their tenant notice their rent was going up $20, saying the "actions of the present Labour-led Coalition Government are raising costs for all landlords". The Government is considering whether to adopt the recommendations of the Tax Working Group's recent report, including a stricter capital gains tax regime on investment … [Read more...] about Landlords’ scaremongering tenants into not voting Labour may breach human rights law
Rogue landlord Amanda Burrows organised for the locks to be changed on a rented home without a court order - to leave her tenant sleeping in a car. The 55-year-old organised for her joiner to send a threatening text message to the tenant warning that the locks would be changed on the Tunstall property within hours. And when that did happen the tenant had to sleep in their car until they found somewhere else to live. Now Burrows, of Audley Cottage, Alsager, has been hit with a £1,600 court bill after being convicted of a charge of harassing an occupier to refrain from exercising their rights. North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the defendant 'persistently withdrew or withheld services reasonably required for the occupation of the premises as a residence'. The text message relating to the rented Nash Peake Street property was sent on July 18, 2017. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has welcomed the prosecution. Following the case, Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for … [Read more...] about Rogue landlord kicks tenant out of home after locks changed without court order
National housing charity Threshold has said that the illegal retention of deposits continues to be an issue for tenants in the private rented sector - and warned that it can even be the first step towards homelessness. According to the Residential Tenancies Board's recent report, 1,234 dispute resolution cases related to deposit retention. One young tenant has told Independent.ie how she recently had €180 taken out of her deposit to cover cleaning costs, despite thoroughly cleaning the property before moving out. Pictures furnished proved the house was in a good, clean condition when she left and there was no damage done to any part of the property. The tenant repeatedly asked the estate agent handling the rental to furnish an invoice in respect of the cleaning service. She was eventually sent a copy of the invoice by email three weeks later. It was handwritten and from a company based in Dublin 22. However, no such company is registered with the Companies Registration Office and … [Read more...] about Some landlords issuing tenants with bogus invoices to deduct money from deposits
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 December 2018 Staff and volunteers worked throughout the week to prepare for the reopening of Barnardos Barkingside store on November 3, when local star Linda Bowley (centre) was invited to cut the ribbon. Picture: Barnardo's Barnardo's Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Volunteer this year for Barnardo’sKim Hamber, volunteer and community engagement adviser, Barnardo’s SE and Anglia region, writes: We’d like to urge your readers to make a New Year’s resolution to become part of a team that helps support vulnerable children in your area. As the UK’s leading children’s charity, we’re looking for people to help us to continue our vital work with disadvantaged children, young people and their families, either by fundraising, volunteering in our shops or volunteering directly with children and families. By giving us a little of your spare time, you will gain invaluable experience … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Volunteer for Barnardo’s, support local high streets and cashless parking.