Private rented sector expert Paul Shamplina has set out some key ideas to reform the market for privately rented homes so that it works better for both landlords and tenants.

Shamplina, who is consulted by civil servants when new regulations are being framed, says the key areas that need reform include the broken Universal Credit rent payment system, evictions and the dual problems of rogue tenants and landlords.

He says the government needs to think long and hard before banning Section 21 notice evictions.

“If S21s are banned then it is going to make landlords much more exposed to the kind of serial rogue tenants who play the system, and this will dramatically change referencing,” he told popular industry podcast Property Jam.

“Landlords are going to scrutinise tenants much closely before they get the keys and I think the voluntary schemes that link people’s credit scores to their rental payment track record need to be put on a more official footing.”

Tenant rogue databases

Shamplina has already told ministry of housing officials that the UK needs a national rogue tenant database – as exists in Australia – and that a ‘three strikes’ system should be introduced for landlords to exclude the worst offenders.

He told the podcast presenters this would be more effective than the current national rogue landlords database, which so far has only a handful of people listed after three years in operation, and is only available to local councils, not the public.

Also, the Landlord Action founder says the government’s decision to allow tenants on Universal Credit to be paid their rent direct has caused significant problems for thousands of landlords because it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to persuade the DWP to pay a landlord the rent directly when a tenant is struggling to manage their finances.

“I always say that there are more rogue tenants than there will ever be rogue landlords, but at the moment the regulatory and political campaigning doesn’t reflect this reality,” he says.

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  1. Paul is a very experienced activist in the filed and knows the system from A-Z.

    Everything he says makes sense however we would not be in this mess if the govt and courts strike an equal balance in the landlord tenant dynamic. Sadly the whole system is skewed against the landlord and many professional layabouts know how to play the system with almost zero sanctions.

    How many have been jailed for running up thousands in unpaid rent?
    My guess is none.

    If a landlord owed thousands to HMRC there would be quick and strong action.

    I, like many who have posted in recent months intend to reduce not expand my portfolio. The risk/reward dynamic is simply way out of line when compared to other investments.

    I will retain C rated properties with very stable tenants.

    [With agreement] I have moved two great tenants out of two D rated properties to two C rated places and will dispose of the D rated properties and not re-invest in PRS certainly a minimum of two years possibly longer, possibly permanently.

    The govt and the likes of shelter still don’t get it… According to HMRC we are investors not service providers and investors simply put their money where there is the best combination of greatest reward and the lowest risk, most of all, no matter what these organisations “Want” from the PRS they simply don’t get it that we are individuals who are able to sell up at any time we choose. The choices ALL remain with us the investor.

    Shelters actions are increasing homelessness which is totally against their founding principles and the govt have totally lost the plot with eviction ban never ending extensions and handing over a months rent to a long term layabout and expecting them to give it to a landlord….

    • “How many have been jailed for running up thousands in unpaid rent?”
      None. of course. If you walk out of the supermarket without paying for your groceries, that is considered to be theft, which is a criminal offence. However, it seems that tenants availing themselves of accommodation but not paying for it, is considered “just a civil matter”. Where is the justice in that?
      Tenants who ignore CCJs should also be considered to be in contempt of court, but it seems that they can do so with impunity.
      The law is, indeed, an ass.


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