Leading property investment mentor and landlord Ranjan Bhattacharya has launched a petition calling for tenants to face eviction if they fall more than two weeks behind in rent payments.

This, Bhattacharya argues, would put the UK on the same footing as Australia.

“You can’t go into a supermarket and steal your weeks groceries,” he says.

“There are laws in place to protect shop keepers large and small. Not paying rent is also theft with the Landlord being the victim.”

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He is asking fellow landlords to sign his petition and help him get it to 10,000 signatures at which point the parliamentary e-petition rules require the government to provide a response.

At 100,000 signatures the petition would have to be formally debated within the Houses of Parliament.

Bhattacharya argues that the existing evictions system – even when the current restrictions on evictions are discounted – are unfair to landlords, claiming it can take up to a year in normal times to evict a tenant.

“In that time the landlord still has to pay mortgage and other costs,” he says.

“This can ruin many small scale Landlords. Furthermore, it incentives landlords to only rent their properties to tenants with higher than average income who are likely to care about getting a bad credit rating.”

Bhattacharya’s follows a similar and successful petition completed last month which garnered over 126,000 signatures. It called for landlords to freeze rents for the duration of Covid and was debated in parliament on 17th September.

Bhattacharya hosts the Baker Street Property Meet and has a popular YouTube advice channel.




47 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a landlord and would never sign that.
    The present system is broke and was before covid but 2 weeks!
    The guy is just fuelling the anti landlord rhetoric.
    Idiot.

  2. I’ve signed it. Although 2 weeks is short and I’d probably give tenant’s more time, depending on circumstances, I’d like the option of 2 weeks. The process is likely to take much longer by the time bailiffs are involved.
    This will give tenants the clear message that they must pay their rent and prioritise it. Surely this will also encourage tenants on benefits to budget better, which is what the government wants.
    Just look at the situation some landlords are in!
    The anti landlord rhetoric is so fuelled up already have landlords got any love from the general public to lose?

    • That’s all very well. I,d like to chuck a bad tenant out after 1 day but I can’t legally , it is what it is.
      What’s wrong with the existing procedure (ignoring the covid changes)is the time it takes to get a clued up bad tenant out.
      There are lots of things the government could do to make things quicker and smoother like paying rent benefit direct to the landlord again, a rent arrears case going immediately to a dedicated mediator after, say, one month and a fast track to a housing court after another month of non payment with a max of another month before the bailiffs knock on the door. Landlords guaranteed to get their house back after 3 months max.
      A two week eviction notice would never in a million years pass parliament and if it did, it would only shave 6 weeks off(using the quoted times by the idiot) the 12months.
      So, house back in 6-10 months? Vote for the idiot.
      House back in 3 months?
      Vote for me!
      Both schemes will never happen though…

      • Hi Chris

        I agree, I have signed this petition because at least this guy has put something forward.

        You’ve put some good ideas forward, so why not open a petition up like he has? Let this website know, and I am sure many others will sign up.

        Landlords need to take action now, rather than hoping the government wake up to the realization that we provide a vital service, I mean, how means have we been waiting for that to happen?

        Meanwhile, Generation Rent, Shelter and Sadiq Khan continue to be the media darlings and throw more abuse our way.

      • Better to start off with an ambit claim rather than give the farm away at the outset. Either way, I hope this submission includes the justification for the proposal i.e. non-payment of rent is tantamount to theft (it’s a bit more nuanced than this, but in many situations non-payment of rent is deliberate and willful), and if not theft due to tenant circumstances, then the government should be the safety net, not the landlord.

        By dint of the politics of envy, Landlords are easy targets and are universally despised, so neither side of the political divide sees the need to stick up for us. As such, governments can largely do what they want, and this is increasingly the case; taxation, forced energy compliance, banning of section 21, fee bans, stamp duty surcharge, licensing, sanctions for everything from EPC non-compliance through to tenant compensation schemes – we’re even undertaking immigration control under threat of criminal record! Yet the tenant can do what they will, with the only realistic sanction being the loss of their bond, and certainly no criminal charge. If I walked into a shop, shat on their floor, smashed-up their shelving and walked out with a bottle of Scotch and threatened the shop owner, the police would be called and I’d be in front of the magistrate the next day! A tenant can do all of that and just walk away.

        Bottom-line, what is happening to landlords fundamentally fails the fairness test. We are easy targets for gaining tenant votes and a way of passing the welfare buck. The likes of the NRLA and other so-called landlord advocacy groups are just too accommodating in a misguided attempt to be seen as being fair and reasonable, in the face of left-wing tenant advocacy groups who would be happy to see landlords have thier properties forfeited and given to a welfare case who hasn’t worked a day in their life. We need to find ways to push back, and I applaud this guy. In the face of all this anti-landlord sentiment, to me, the idiots are the ones who just sit back and do nothing.

    • Totally agree Berlingogirl.

      What have we got to lose? More legislation? Bigger fines? more taxes? Their already heading our way.

      I am just glad someone has at least offered to put themselves forward and do something.

      Its easy to sit back and complain quietly, but it takes something more to put yourself out there and take action.

      Right now Landlords need all the support they can get, but they will not get it from the media, only from other landlords. Lets hope landlords out there stop moaning and get off their backsides and take action, even its as little as just signing a petition.

  3. I think this proposition is unrealistic and unreasonable and I don’t be signing it. Agree with many of the previous comments on this subject.

  4. Landlords are expected to put in their hard earned cash, sometimes even blood sweat and tears but their is no real support for us and every year new legislation means we only have more costs and regulation to deal with, fail to do it right the jobsworths in the LA will only slap you with fines, and then to top it all off moron doesn’t pay can get away with it for upto a year while you still have to pay for the priveledge of keeping your property while the moron lives there gratis…. defo never will a 2 week eviction pass nor be considered although I think 3 months would be a much more palatable idea from both the landlords and tenants…. but the government is getting it all wrong we are helping them with the housing crisis yet we are screwed over year by year so in reality the private rented sector will dwindle and I along with it unless there is some drastic change in legislation and landlords are respected and not being crucified for being a crucial element in the housing market

  5. Well given the fact that if someone was to lose their job…it could take upto five weeks for them to receive any money from the DWP…two weeks would be crazy… I’m with Chris Jones on this one, the guy is an idiot!

  6. Whilst 2 weeks is not practical, unfortunately we need to sign this to get parliament to realise that the current law is simply not good enough. The pendulum has swung way too far in the tenants favour, and become a joke, whats even worse is people like Sadiq Khan, Shelter, and Generation Rent are pushing for even more rights, so we have to fight back!

    Non payment of rent is stealing, no ifs or buts.

    We’re called parasites for providing housing, yet I don’t see Sainsburys or other supermarkets getting called parasites for charging people to buy food. Stealing from these would earn you a criminal record, I mean for goodness sake, not paying the BBC the license fee carries a criminal record! Yet you can run up rent bill and walk away scott free. (Please don’t say you can get CCJ, as these are expensive and do not guarantee any money back).

    For those that want to sit back and do nothing, then stop complaining.

    Either that, or get off your backside and do something about it, even if its just signing a petition to get it to parliament.

    I agree that two weeks is ridiculous, but this guy is the first to stand up and say enough is enough and at the very least this will open debate on the issue, rather than sitting silently and hoping the government will throw us a bone every now and again.

    • Non payment of rent is not stealing, get some perspective, just like not paying utilities isn’t stealing…if you don’t pay your electric bill they don’t come and arrest you and throw you in Prison or throw you onto the street.

      I agree people should pay their rent, but some people on here… would want non payers to goto prison…I know let’s bring back debtors prisons back as well.

      • Sure, but your energy supplier can cut-off your supply after 28 days of non-payment. I can’t just show up and boot a non-paying tenant out of the property. And they’d throw the book at me if I tried. Further, if I walked into EDF’s office and crapped on their floor I reckon the police would be called. If a tenant does the same in my rental home they can just walk away.

      • Its all about carrot and stick, some renters game the system knowing that they will never be chased for outstanding debt (pointless chasing a straw man) or use it as a method to get LA housing . If they are put in a position that they can be evicted very quickly then its going to focus thier minds , financially its not viable to aviod paying your rent. at the moment its financially viable you can walk away without paying many thousands of pounds

      • Steve, it definitely is stealing, especially if tenants rent is paid by directly to them from benefits which we contribute to through tax, indeed not only is it stealing from the landlord it’s benefit fraud.

      • Of course it’s stealing and, as Pad says, if they get housing benefit they’ve committed fraud, which is also a criminal offence.

        You can’t stay at a hotel and just walk away without paying the bill. Why should tenants of rental properties have the privilege to do so?

  7. I’d like to see failing to comply with a court order to leave a property made a criminal offence, so that the police would be required to tell tenants to leave once a court says they must do so. It has never happened to me, but, having watched a lot of cases on TV of tenants refusing to comply and police refusing to address clear injustices and support victims, I am appalled that tenants who choose to do so can just ignore court orders. In any other cases, if the court orders you to do something, you have to do it, or you can be fined or jailed.

  8. I have rented out a property for 6 years and luckily had 2 lots of very good tenants who have caused no problem and always paid the rent. Both couples have gone on to purchase on part mortgage part rent homes. Last couple moved out just on lockdown.
    Couldn’t do viewings for a period. Not too much of a problem,I have no mortgage. Had property freshened up .. painted ready to let again. But now I’m very hesitant to rent out again. How can it be right that a tenant can live in a property, pay no rent and there is nothing I can do about it for 6 months. That’s unfair. I only have 1 property. I purchased as currently live in tied farm house and should either I leave, farm gets sold or on retirement I need a property to keep me on the property ladder. The chances of a council place are near impossible. I would rather leave it empty then re let with this termination period hanging over me. I am currently nearly £4000 out of pocket. I will sign although 2 weeks is a short period but why should a tenant get away with it. I think no rent 1 month notice and out. Watching bad tenants rogue landlords I understand tenants should be protected but it’s gone too far now. Seeing what some landlords go through to evict a tenant before this 6 month notice is very unfair.

    • We were in a similar position tenant bought house and moved out , we have decided to sell up, had a bad tenant in the past cost us thousands to rectify the mess left behind, fortunatly we were able to evict them but as it stands now we would be looking at 12 months or more no rent and plenty of time to trash the place

    • Do watch out if you leave the property empty – you will not only have to pay the council tax in full (probably after only one month’s grace) but if you leave it empty for a certain period you may have to pay a 100% increase (2 years in Cornwall – and yes, it has taken us that long to completely repair and redecorate 2 trashed flats, courtesy of long-term unemployed DSS tenants, as we work full-time self-employed in order to earn a subsistence, and can spare only 1 day per week to drive a 50 mile round trip to do the work, as we cannot afford contractors. Thus we have not had days off for a very long time. The rents coming in do not meet, let alone exceed the mortgages, one of the beastly tenants owed over £6000 in rent arrears before finally getting out 10 minutes before the bailiffs arrived, and the council tax bills are truly crippling, now that one is doubled.) A good tenant is something one wants to hang onto, but a bad tenant is so often a past-master at deception that one doesn’t realise the situation until it is too late to avoid near-bankruptcy.

  9. Well I have signed, I’m 8k down and counting with a section 8 served since January ill be 20k down by the end and broken so think on before you say you will not sign.

  10. Credit to the initiator. Two weeks is optimistic although similar provisons for re-entry exists in commercial leases. Current provisions are overly slanted towards tenants and the indications are that it is going to get worse. If landlords say nothing the administration will conclude that landlords will accept any thing.
    There are more votes to be had from tenants than landlords. That is the determining factor.

  11. I think 2 weeks is unrealistic as an outcome, but may be a marker to compromise somewhere between that and where we are. The current situation is completely skewed in favour of tenants, and landlords (as evidenced in comments above) will be reticent, or unwilling, to rent out to tenants they cannot remove in a reasonable time-frame.

    Therefore it is in the interests of tenants that the law is not distorted so badly against landlords that the supply of PRS property reduces greatly – and rents rise as a result.

    I also think calling the petitioner an idiot is inappropriate, offensive, churlish and inaccurate. You may disagree with someone strongly, but responding with insults reflects more on the insulter than the insulted.

    • I stand by it, no apologies.
      It’s a wasted petition with no hope in hell of passing but what it will do is make the headlines all over the internet if it reaches the parliament debate stage and force even private home owners to slag off the PRS.
      Change is needed no argument there .

  12. Well stated Alison. I keep mine empty rather than let again. It’s just too risky and I do not need the stress of worrying about what the government will do to us next.

  13. 2 weeks isn’t unrealistic at all.

    The tenant either hasn’t paid or has.
    14 days and the LL may escort the tenant off the premises.
    If there is any tenant resistance Police to be calked to remove tenant.

    Any LL who states a tenant is still in arrears after the 14th day and isn’t to be immediately arrested by Police and face minimum 6 months in prison.

    If a LL is uncertain whether rent arrears have been cleared then the LL had better not attempt to remove the tenant or else.

    The 14 day eviction only applies for rent arrears so for other reasons it could still take ages to repossess

    However very few feckless tenants will carry on paying rent if being evicted for reasons other than rent defaulting.

    Should the tenant stop paying rent they would fall neatly into the 14 day eviction process.

    I suppose they could every 13th day reduce arrears to zero and it could take years to evict but rent would be paid.

  14. I’ve signed it law needs to be touched up, I’ve just been done over for £10k and in this climate you have no protection as a landlord everything favours the tenant, not even the sheriff’s office could collect the debts.

  15. I have to agree with Alison and Graham on this.
    My long term tenants left my property after the lockdown. Currently the property is empty and will stay like that for long term rentals until the eviction fiasco is sorted out. I’m now in the process of looking at using the property as a holiday let air b&b. No issues with eviction like with assured short term rentals and can claim mortgage as a legitimate business expense. I need to look into this a bit more before I commit, but for now the property is not available for the rental sector. Well done to Ranjan for trying to high lighting the issue with government and get something done for the landlords.

  16. His points are valid.
    I think he should use spell check or something similar to get his spelling correct as in my experience the clearer you can put your point across & the more educated you appear to be, the more you get taken seriously.

  17. I’m signing, yes 2 weeks is short but it works in Australia and got to start somewhere, if every landlord signs it might be a wake-up call to government who treat landlords appallingly and it’s getting worse. Been landlords for 45 years, had some really wonderful tenants but also some tenants from hell, thousands in lost rent, repairs, replacement carpets, furniture and legal fees, not to mention worry and sleepless nights.
    Time good landlords were valued by government and bad tenants speedily evicted and prosecuted by law if applicable.

  18. I’ve signed the petition. Being a Landlord is an absolute expensive curse! I agree with all comments that state that the government should be the safety net to tenants experiencing financial difficulties and not landlords. My husband and I rented out our main home 2 years ago due to my husband job in the Middle East. However, he lost his job and now we are stranded in the Middle East. Luckily my tenants are paying. If they weren’t or stop paying we are unable to pay our mortgage in the UK and the costs of living here.

  19. Landlords are ‘ on their knees ‘ waiting to be slain by the Govt at the encouragement of Tenant support groups.
    Those who won’t sign this, Please Post and tell us what Positive measures you’ve taken ( thought so )

    ANY Defence of Landlords get my support.

    • I’ve changed my business model to ‘dick over’ the authorities as they ‘dick over’ me.
      I’ve always allowed benefit claiments, pets and people that talk funny and dealt with the resulting issues accordingly with a wry smile.
      No more.
      I will not rent to those people anymore.
      I will not keep rents at below market anymore.
      I will not ‘give people a chance’ because I’m not going to be kind anymore, only the best, well dressed , well paid working tenants with impeccable records will step over my threshold.
      The authorities can deal with them.
      I also believe that B&Q support shelter or at least used to, I buy my kitchens and stuff elsewhere now, that’ll teach ’em.

      • We had to do the same. After 12 years experience, we came to the unavoidable conclusion that the risk of endless problems with long-term unemployed and unemployable tenants was just so high that it would be madness to continue. We only continued for a while because those tenants had wrecked the building to such an extent that only people with absolutely no standards whatsoever would consider living there. The stairwell stunk of skunk (I think that is what that very strong cannabis that is connected with psychotic behaviour is called), doors were all kicked in, walls had holes in, anybody came and went, whether they lived there or not, and finally, a machete-wielding lunatic nearly takes someone’s head off in front of a neighbour. At that point we decided enough was enough, and spent several years funding the building through our work, in order to get it hauled back up to a standard where it was worth keeping nice. When you have spent hours fitting a new fire door to the correct specifications yourself, chiselling out all the mortices, hanging the blasted thing (weighs a ton) and then within a week find it bust off it’s hinges, you begin to lose interest. When that sort of thing happens continually, well, a blasted saint wouldn’t keep standing there with a sign saying ‘kick me’. Those particular tenants, almost all through the local council, were of a distinct type whose ethics and morals were nonexistent, whose behaviour and abusive language were disgusting, and whose ability to apportion their ‘Get-Given’ income sensibly were crippled from the outset by a standing belief that a huge telly and plenty of fags were rights, and paying bills a responsibility not relevant to them. That is why they continually find themselves evicted, and why they continually tell creative lies to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the local council, Shelter, and everyone else who is naive enough to listen. We are no longer so naive and trusting; we have learned the hard way that to be ‘kind’ and ‘nice’ is lethal in the rented property industry. We now have to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to anything like a sob story, because we can’t take any more abuse. These people have almost bankrupted us, have shattered our physical and mental health, and have utterly embittered us. Their excuses are that they have ‘hard lives’. Well, really. I have recovered from deformity, numerous operations, bullying and indecent assault whilst still at school, anorexia, self-harm and lord-knows-what-else, but do I treat people like filth? No. Therefore I consider that their excuses are as useless as they are.

  20. We’ve changed our business model too – selling up and moving the money into the markets. A bit of research and we’ve made 10%+ in the last year even with Covid in low risk funds. So 2 houses sold, identified the two to do next and then the final two next year.
    All had lovely tenants and we had a good thing all round with a view to doing 20 years but we’re not prepared to be bullied by the government or anyone else. At the end of the day its our income and our property so hell mend them.
    If you own your properties its worth thinking about – even after capital gains we’re be better off and no hassle!!

  21. I am for this!! I have experienced with awful tenants – I want tenants to face eviction if they are more then 2 weeks behind rent.

  22. The Government keep telling us there’s a ‘housing crisis’. If it wasn’t for the private rental sector, the ‘crisis’ would be a darn sight worse!
    I don’t understand the Government’s attitude. They should be grateful to landlords and should be supporting them – landlords are housing the people that the Government and local councils can’t!
    The majority of landlords own one rental property and are good landlords, yet are being subjected to constant abuse and what, with all the regulations being imposed and the consequent costs, is effectively punishment.
    What are we being punished for?

  23. Very useful read. This has given me a great deal of information on what the current situation is and what people are looking for. It’s always better to have additional information on the changing trends. My brother was looking for a property to buy and he thought to take the advice of an expert so they can know what kind of property they need. Should they take a bigger place than they had or if the space that they have is adequate and go for the same size? Such questions were running in his mind. They got in touch with real estate Mermaid Waters, who assisted them in finding the right kind of space.

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