NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle has appeared on Channel 4 News to defend the government’s decision to remove the stay on possession hearings, the first of which will be heard today in courts around the country.

Appearing alongside Dan Wilson Craw, deputy director of Generation Rent, Beadle was challenged on whether it was the right time to restart evictions and why landlords need recourse to the Section 21 ‘no-fault’ mandatory eviction process.

“The courts have put in pretty strict measures to ensure that, if there are local lockdowns, the enforcement of eviction notices will not proceed,” he told Channel 4 reporter Fatima Manji.

“Landlords aren’t property tycoons and they don’t have massively broad shoulders to be able to carry on funding [tenants] where the government should be helping out.

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“Section 21 notices are not being prioritised under the Master of the Rolls working group guidelines, and only the most serious cases are to rise to the top to be dealt with.

Beadle told the programme’s seven million viewers that landlords “don’t wake up and think ‘I’ll evict my tenant today’ – there is invariably a fault,” he said.

“I accept that selling a property is not the fault of the tenant, but we must look at the full financial package that is available to both sides. And landlords have faced increased costs and taxation, so we’re now facing the perfect storm.

“But this is not the time to be increasing rents.”

During the programme Wilson Craw’s key message was to call for ‘no fault’ evictions to be banned.

Beadle countered that the new court rules that went live today “are going to give courts serious teeth including the deprioritisation of Section 21 evictions, which is what Dan is calling for.”

The government has already announced that it intends to scrap Section 21 evictions once Covid is over.

Watch the Channel 4 interview in full.

5 COMMENTS

  1. sellup. move it abroad. its a big social welfare council estate country. how many hungry mouths you can feed. the army of freeloaders is growing 3 times the speed of tax payers .its business not charity. clever will run. dum will stay and suffer. goodluck.

  2. British law is now in the hands of the weak woke elites, the law is punishing the law abiding people and rewarding the criminals, wasters and cheats of the country.
    It was difficult enough with section 21 now they are making it impossible, I would never give any DSS tenancy to anyone without the council agreeing to pay direct for the duration of the tenancy in writing , this does not mean I wouldn’t give a benefits tenant a lease it means if the client is ok in every other way then the final hurdle is the council agreement. If the tenancy was not agreed the possible tenant would be aware that the fault lays with the council and not him or me.

    • Problem is if payed direct you have to return overpayments if the tenants have committed fraud, then chase the tenants. If your going down that path you need to seek legal advice with a view to seperation of assets and rentals

  3. NRLA are pathetic when it comes to helping landlords. I don’t condone any illegal practice but tenants should be held responsible for their actions. Most landlords will help tenants over a bad period but those that can pay but don’t should have serious consequences. But they don’t.

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