Landlords have had enough.
The suspension of evictions was always going to cause headaches, and the overwhelming majority of landlords were understanding and accepting of this, believing that the overarching aim was to protect the vulnerable.
What has actually happened is becoming something of a farce.
Even tenants who faced eviction orders before lockdown have been able to seek refuge behind the Coronavirus Act and all its implications.
Whilst no one would begrudge truly vulnerable people from having the extra breathing room, so many tenants have taken advantage of the situation, even when their circumstances have nothing to do with the current crisis.
Now, landlords aren’t just sick of their hands being tied.
They have also been asked, no, expected, to take on a number of different roles over the last few months.
No training, no guidance, no incentive, just an expectation.
Ignoring the fact that landlords themselves have families, livelihoods and assets to worry about, the ‘understanding and sympathetic’ relationships they have been asked to forge with tenants, are very much a one-way thing.
‘No one should be evicted as a result of coronavirus’ cane the cry from Downing Street, and landlords universally agreed with this, but what about the bad tenants who were already in line for eviction?
No answers to that question, just a ‘one size fits all’, tenant orientated formula to apply to tenancy agreements everywhere.
So, what are the extra roles we’re talking about?
Here’s a few…
Psychiatrists - trying to understand how tenants are thinking, and how this might make them behave.
Bankers - effectively loaning money by giving rent holidays.
Debt collectors - because enforcement has been suspended.
Becoming a landlord is a huge responsibility, no one is trying to get away from that, but recent times have seen landlords being asked to do so much more than they signed up for.
Tenants meanwhile, have been able to move house, avoid eviction proceedings, and even cause damage to their properties in some cases.
The Government have suggested following some other processes, such as injunctions, closure orders and community protection notices, but landlords know that as well as being expensive, these methods are far less effective than eviction proceedings.
As the world kicks back into gear, this will slowly begin to change, but access to private housing is likely to drop in the coming months and years.
Because landlords will be sick and tired of doing everybody else’s leg work, just to protect their own investments, that’s why.
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