> Is Eviction Against Human Rights?
A social tenant Rebecca Powell, has just won her
case against Hounslow Council, in a ruling by the
supreme court, that she cannot be evicted as it
is against Article 8 in the European Convention
on Human Rights, to be evicted, even though she
was in £3500 worth of arrears.
further case has recently been submitted to the
appeal court from a PRIVATE TENANT against an eviction,
claiming it is against their human rights too.
Private Landlord and agent community waits with
bated breath for the results and the outcome of
this case, as the consequences would be catastrophic.
It will be like going back to the old days when
as a landlord if you rented out your property to
a tenant, you had no means of ever getting it back,
with statutory and protected tenancies, a tenant
could pass the tenancy down 2 rights of succession
and therefore two generations!
this completely decimated the Private rented sector
(PRS), can we really afford to go back to that?
In 1900 over 90% of the properties in this country
were privately rented; however because of the overzealous
regulation put in place to “protect tenants”
this resulted in the PRS falling to a shockingly
low 7% by 1987 and a huge shortage in rented accommodation.
It was only the introduction of the Housing Act
1988, and the fairer Assured Shorthold Tenancy on
the 15th January 1989 that turned the PRS around
and enabled the growth we see today allowing the
PRS to grow to the 17% it is today, with huge growth
further predicted, as more and more people find
home ownership beyond their reach.
a time when we need rented properties to meet
the shortage of housing, to meet the need of immigrants,
low income families, young people and those moving
jobs around the country, this is an extremely
dangerous move to be making for the government
and the judicial system. A lack of PRS availability
could also lead to higher unemployment as people
are forced back into home ownership, removing
the flexibility to up sticks and go, to where
new employment can be found.
would happen if due to the arrears, the landlord
can’t pay his mortgage, would it also mean
that the mortgage company cannot evict? Would having
your house repossessed be the only way to get out
of a commitment to a tenant? What about the landlord’s
human rights to be paid?
seems that the world is going crazy; criminals can’t
be deported because they are entitled to a life
with their cat, prisoners are allowed to have children
as their human right, and now we could be faced,
with people that take on a financial commitment,
don’t have to pay…
will it end? We need to talk about this/blog /tweet/
and lobby to get it out in the open, government
and the like need to be aware of the consequences
to their long term housing goals if this action
Lawson CEO of Concentric Lettings
month after month, having money deposited
into your bank account, with almost no chasing
the rent and little tenant support—ever.
What an easy way to earn a living that would
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About the Author
is both a Lettings business owner and a UK Letting
Business Professional, who has over two decades
of owning and running Lawsons Letting Agents.
Concentric Lettings is a National Multi-Branch
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right across the UK. Each branch is run and
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Lettings Agency in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
which has successfully been market leader in
their area for over 20 years.