A new study suggests that landlords are reluctant to evict their tenants. If they do, the survey by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows that it’s for serious rent arrears or anti-social behaviour.
The research challenges claims that landlords are quick to evict renters when they request repair work. But are you reluctant to evict your tenants?
The RLA questioned over 1,760 landlords and found that 56% have evicted tenants. Of these, 90% removed their tenants for rent arrears and another 43% for anti-social behaviour.
Almost 40% were for damages to the property and 20% for drug-related activity.
Remember that your landlord insurance can cover you for damage, including unauthorised alteration for drug farms, and rent guarantee insurance will recover lost income.
The RLA also revealed that less than 30% of landlords wish to regain possession of their property because they hope to sell.
The survey shows that most private landlords only seek to evict tenants when it is necessary.
Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA, comments: “We have been very concerned about claims that retaliatory eviction is a widespread practice, when there is very little hard evidence to back up those claims. As our survey underlines, the vast majority of evictions are down to rent arrears or anti-social behaviour.
“Landlords are being threatened with more regulation, which would simply make it harder for them to evict bad tenants when they need to.”
However, respondents stated that they would not seek to evict their tenants if they requested repairs.
Many landlords insisted that eviction is a last resort. They called for a more balanced argument.
Some comments include: “I would only ever evict a tenant if they were not paying rent and behaving badly/breaching their tenancy agreement.”
“The system is heavily biased against landlords. More consideration and emphasis should be placed on providing support for, not demonising, landlords.”
“We seem to be easy and popular targets. This is disappointing for those of us who provide good quality housing and ethical treatment.”
“It’s not all good tenant, bad landlord.”
“We positively encourage our tenants to tell us about repairs that need doing so that we can leap on top of maintenance and prevent small repairs from turning into major repairs.”
The RLA is concerned that section 21 notices may be revised – these allow landlords to regain possession of their properties.
Ward adds: “If landlords see section 21 under threat, they will withdraw from the sector. Landlords are frightened that they cannot evict tenants who are in rent arrears or who are guilty of anti-social behaviour easily and cheaply. We still have complaints that even under section 21, there are costs and delays involved in obtaining possession.”
Have you ever had to evict a tenant and why?