Furious landlords are due to meet in London tomorrow to draw up battle lines over the proposed scrapping of the so-called no fault evictions, Section 21.
Landlords groups including the Residential Landlords Association, National Landlords Association and the new Landlords Alliance will be at the discussion, to be chaired by chartered surveyor Earl Lytton.
The Landlords Alliance told EYE last night that none of its members will any longer accept benefits tenants.
Meanwhile evictions specialist Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action has written to housing minister Heather Wheeler telling her that in a survey of 263 landlords, almost one in four will consider selling up it plans go ahead to abolish Section 21.
A further 33% said they would only continue being a landlord with significant changes to Section 8.
Shamplina said that concern over the proposed abolition of Section 21 is growing.
He said that with so many attacks on landlords, “there is a real possibility of the buy-to-let market significantly shrinking”.
He has invited Wheeler to attend Landlord Action’s officers to see first-hand the work it carries out. He has also invited her to attend an eviction with him and see the reality of what happens.
Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of landlords, Dr Rosalind Beck, an academic and landlord activist, said of the proposed abolition of Section 21 : “This is the most radical anti-landlord measure yet proposed by a Government desperate to get the ‘tenant vote.’
“It would mean us handing over our properties to strangers (aka tenants), granting them indefinite tenancies and only being able to get our property back if certain specific conditions are met – conditions that the Government will decide on and on which realistically we will have no say.
“It is an incredible attack on private property rights, which are a foundation stone of any democracy.”
Larry Sweeney, CEO of the Landlords Alliance, told EYE last night that as a direct result of the proposed abolition of Section 21: “Our members will no longer accept benefit tenants and I envisage this policy spreading like wildfire.
“Naturally we will be accused of discrimination. This is a red herring.
“The Government is now on the cusp of a crisis because who will house benefit tenants.
“Last year we attempted to get Shelter the housing charity who house nobody, to bond benefit tenants. Shelter refused but pushed to get s21 scrapped.
“Landlords up and down the land will now turn their back on social tenants and this crisis has been manufactured by Shelter and this failed government.”
He said that the proposed abolition of Section 21 is the most “incredible attack yet” on landlords, adding: “We have had enough. We are fighting back.”