The Local Government Association (LGA) has rejected claims by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) that the evictions ban exposes victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour to more risk.

Since the NRLA story broke this morning, the LGA has issued a statement insisting that its members back the ban because police powers can still be used to evict perpetrators of domestic violence despite the evictions ban.

The NRLA claimed that landlords were ‘powerless to take action against tenants committing domestic abuse or making the lives of fellow tenants or neighbours a misery’ during the ban.

Ben Beadle, Chief executive of the NRLA, said earlier today that extending the evictions ban is not without victims and that it “leaves landlords powerless to tackle the kind of behaviour that causes untold suffering and hardship for many communities and tenants alike,” he said.

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But Councillor David Renard, the LGA’s housing spokesperson, says he is pleased that the government is banning evictions until the end of August because it will “help to mitigate against the rising homelessness pressures that councils are under as a result of the pandemic”, he said.

“For victims of domestic abuse, other options including police powers, enable perpetrators to be removed from the home while the victims remains living there.”

A Domestic Abuse Bill is currently going through parliament which seeks to create a statutory definition of domestic abuse and establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

The will stand up for victims and survivors, raise public awareness, monitor the response of local authorities, the justice system and other statutory agencies and hold them to account in tackling domestic abuse.

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  1. Just as significant, if not more significant is that the Government’s general assault on private landlords is going to lead to a contraction in supply and will make remaining landlords highly risk-averse. This will mean that the lowest-paid and those on benefits – some/many of whom will be victims of domestic violence – will not be able to find a home in the private rented sector. Since the social sector only houses 2% of victims and private landlords house 90% of the homeless more generally, there will be bed-blocking in refuges, meaning women can’t escape their abusers. I wrote about this here: https://www.conservativehome.com/localgovernment/2020/06/rosalind-beck-extending-the-evictions-ban-would-not-help-the-vulnerable.html

    • I can confirm you are totally correct in your contentions.

      I currently have an empty flat.
      NO WAY will I be letting to ANYONE in receipt of UC .

      I’d rather keep the flat empty.
      I’m sure tenants with their own money to afford the rent will eventually be sourced.

      I am one of those LL that you cite that intends to quit the AST PRS ASAP.

      In my case it will take about 4 years selling one property every tax year.

      I can no longer risk rent defaulting tenants with things made even worse by Govt preventing me from evicting.

      There will be another pandemic situation and I do nit wish to be exposed to the risk if bankruptcy because if rent defaulting tenants.

      I am NOT in any position to provide FREE accommodation for months on end.

      I therefore have little alternative than to reduce my risk profile.

      I hope to convert my current rental properties into ONE unmortgaged 4 bed house where I will take on LODGERS not tenants.

      This will mean I will be able to get rid of any rent defaulting lodger very quickly.

      Letting to TENANTS is simply too risky.
      So when I sell up that will be 16 tenants homeless as 4 tenants are currently in each flat or were until very recently.

      The S21 process has been the cornerstone of lettings viability.

      Preventing LL from operating their business must surely result in many LL selling up.

      The properties won’t be sold to FTB; LL or the tenants.
      So where will the tenants live!?

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