‘Ethical Lettings’ Campaigners make false allegations about revenge evictions
A Tenant Referencing UK landlord member has helpfully sent in this latest article from The Daily Mail:
The reason the landlord sent this in is because of a number of inaccuracies within the article, asking for the other side of the story to be told; there are two sides to every story after all.
The Daily Mail claim that a tenant had been informed that she and her family would be kicked out of their home of 12 years for complaining to their landlord about damp and filthy carpets. And in an ‘amazing show of support’ neighbours linked arms to prevent bailiffs entering the privately-rented property in Easton, Bristol.
However, from the pictures it is obvious that the majority of these ‘neighbours’ were actually Acorn Community campaigners using this situation as a platform for their ‘Ethical Lettings Charter’, which instigated the Selective Licensing blanket of PRS properties across Bristol city.
The article claims that ‘residents came out to express their disgust at the revenge eviction of Ms Abdullahi’, with one campaigner stating that: ‘We don’t want people in our community treated like this. It’s a revenge eviction and people deserve decent rented accommodations.
‘This landlord, and all landlords, need to know there are people in this community who won’t ignore it.’
‘We live in this street and it’s a close community. It’s amazing how many people have turned out.’
At Tenant Referencing UK, we think it’s actually quite amazing the lengths these ‘Tenant Movements’ will go to create and sustain a divide between good landlords, letting agents and their tenants in this day and age.
Despite their efforts the tenant and her family were evicted. So if this really was ‘a retaliatory eviction’, then why hasn’t the landlord been penalized for misconduct?
The Bristol landlord who sent this in had this to say:
‘The reason the eviction went ahead is that it wasn’t a retaliatory eviction at all; you can tell that by the pictures.’
‘The landlord even invited both parties to a meeting to resolve the situation, after trying to evict her for over 2 years. So it’s surprising he even tried to go above and beyond his duties by trying to explain the reasoning behind the eviction to Ms Abdullahi and Acorn Bristol Campaigners.’
‘He followed all the correct procedures; getting in a damp specialist and environmental health to inspect the property after he was notified of the issues. The reports stated that the issue was not damp but condensation mould due to inadequate ventilation to the wall, something this tenant was given several reminders about over the last few years.’
‘Acorn and the tenant have also failed to mention that access to the property for the workmen to resolve the repairs/issues was denied for over 8 weeks. SURELY if the condition of the property was substandard then why did she delay repairs being made for such a long period?…’
‘Acorn is gathering momentum and the problem here is that their ‘Ethical Lettings Charter’ isn’t about ethics at all,
its about lynching landlords at any cost. Clueless tenant groups like these shouldn’t be allowed to continue to make a mockery of existing PRS legislation.’
‘£3,000 worth of rent arrears and he still allowed her and her family to stay in the property for an extra 6 months. Honestly, it smacks of desperation from an anarchist campaign group who are obviously looking for any opportunity to gain publicity and awareness.’
At Tenant Referencing UK, we think that this failure to produce the true facts behind the situation is utterly scandalous and something needs to be done to stop the public being mislead further.
Which is why Bristol landlords are standing up against Bristol City Council’s latest ‘taxation cash cow’ and future rent caps by holding their own meeting next Thursday; Bristol Landlords Against Selective Licensing Meeting – 29th September. (link)