Birmingham’s Urban Quarter and the Big City Masterplan

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Our fantastic ‘early bird’ opportunity at Park View will capitalise on the vibrancy and growth that this dynamic and thriving area is set to deliver.

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Shelter couple’s “punishment�: self-imposed exile in Cornwall

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Shelter has produced a video, which you can view below, as part of its futile campaign against No DSS adverts.

“Krystyna and her husband Geoff had to return to private renting in their 50s after being home owners when they were made redundant.

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Shelter says new prime minister should abolish s21 to get re-elected

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Section 21:

Shelter claims that since the introduction of the open-ended
tenancies in Scotland (18 months ago) their research shows that Scottish
tenants have been reaping the benefits.

With the May Government’s stated intention to follow Scotland’s
example of ending no-fault evictions, and effectively introduce open-ended
tenancies, Shelter thinks that any future prime minister is more likely to win
a general election if they follow Scotland.

The Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) in Scotland in December
2017 is “helping tenants worry less about becoming homeless, worry less about
getting locked into inflexible fixed term tenancies, and giving them more faith
in politicians,� says Shelter. The homelessness charity goes on to explain:

“Our research shows that Scottish renters on the PRT are
only half as likely to worry about becoming homeless than those on the old
tenancy agreement. The loss of a private rented tenancy makes a significant
contribution to homelessness in Scotland and it seems that the new tenancy,
which gives renters stronger rights, makes people less afraid that they’re
going to lose their home.

“We know how important this is for renters in England, 75%
of whom worry about not being able to find another decent and affordable home
when they are asked to leave. The Prime Minister who finally passes legislation
to abolish Section 21 will bring peace of mind to the four million people
living in the private rented sector.�

Shelter’s argument is that as tenants are an increasingly influential group when it comes to election time, abolishing section 21 not only benefits tenants, it “it promises more trust in the elected officials who give them stronger rights… and [to] win the support of a group of voters who could, sooner or later, have a critical influence in the outcome of a general election.�

And what of the landlords?

What Shelter fails to acknowledge is that without drastic
improvements in the way tenancy disputes are handled outside of Scotland,
abolishing Section 21 and introducing some form of open-ended tenancy, where
tenants can leave at short notice, while landlords are held to a contractual
term, this could be highly detrimental to landlords.

The May Government has committed to ending no-fault Section
21 repossessions, whilst strengthening the adversarial Section 8 process.
However, landlords have little confidence, in the face of 30% cuts to the
Justice Departments budgets, or that any improvements to this slow and
cumbersome county court system would result. Currently it takes on average over
five months from an eviction notice being served to achieving repossession.

One suggested solution has been the establishment of a
national chain of special housing courts, bringing together all housing
disputes under a single body, and supported by 91% of all respondents. However,
much scepticism has been expressed about this citing cost and resources as the
stumbling blocks, given the current public sector economic climate. 

David Smith, RLA policy director, had said that landlord
confidence is vital, stating:

“Security of tenure means nothing unless the homes to rent
are there in the first place.

“With the demand for private rented housing showing no signs
of slowing down it is vital that landlords are confident that they can quickly
and easily get back their property in legitimate circumstances. 

“Whilst the system should clearly be fair to tenants, it
needs also to support and encourage good landlords.

“Our survey shows how complex it will be to ensure that the
grounds on which landlords can repossess properties are both clear and

“This needs to be underpinned by a court system that is fit
for purpose and properly resourced. At present it is neither.

“It is vital that the government’s planned reforms are
carefully considered to avoid finding ourselves needing to reopen this whole
issue later down the line.�

Meanwhile, Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, has
written to Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, inviting her to gain a greater
understanding of the possession process before making drastic reforms. He
implores here to “work together� with landlords on changes to possession
process as landlords will consider selling up if government scraps Section 21.

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