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PT must have a large number of landlord members. Would it be possible to get a count through from your membership details of the number and also if possible the total number of properties under these landlords controls?With this information we could organize polls to find out what actions would get landlords to be willing to take on benefit clients again. If this could be presented to councils and government bodies as a statement/open letter representing x number of landlords and properties then surely it could carry a decent amount of weight. Individuals trying to do this or just commenting on here doesn't carry any weight at all and we are easily ignored.
It's a lovely idea, but even getting landlords to fill in a survey is a challenge. I call it "landlord apathy". Our membership is on a par with some of the landlord associations, but they can't get much engagement from landlords. It is part of the weakness of the landlord community that they do not fight their corner.PT is just about the only place left that supports the Tenant Tax campaign and draws attention to it. Our "Axe the Tenant Tax Week" received very little interest or engagement. Still we will keep trying to get landlords to wake up ....See - The image that sums up landlord apathy
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I give up on NLA surveys far to long to be honest
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Great idea Paul. The problem is the vast majority of Landlords don't regard themselves as such.
They have their single property fully managed by a letting agent.
Obviously, the ones that belong to the PT community are slightly more engaged, but I'm sure Vanessa and Nick are well aware of how many members are fully engaged and active in the discussions on this forum and likely to participate in your survey.
With regard to your question, I would never knowingly take on a HB/UC tenant.
The reasons are simple, councils make random payments with no remittance advice, refuse to talk to you and are generally uncooperative.
From what I read, UC is even worse.
Someone like Jonathon Clarke is far more likely to have a balanced view than me as he caters for this demographic.
There's a whole spectrum of landlords, and using a football analogy there's everyone from the Sunday down at the park to the Premiership.
The main problem I see is quite a few LL are taught/pick up on is that being a LL is a totally hands off investment, which it isn't.
Hands off investment?
Don't make me laugh!
I think it's a good idea too and might be worth a try. I had been researching property for over two years before I came across PT so it might not be all down to apathy. I try to do the surveys that come in as I think we need more quantifiable info in our industry. Any hard evidence we can supply can only help us.
The idea of a collective to give us a voice is good.Regardless of how many people vote on a given topic, media may quote us .
Worth a try, atleast for universal issues like good landlords(there are a lot of them) are good to have because they fulfill a fundamental human need etc.
The media don't like good landlords though. The only story I can think of this year is the lady who let people stay in student accommodation after the Grenfell tragedy.
They prefer stories about Fergut Wilson!
There are believed to be around 2 million landlords in the UK, but less than 3% of them are members of a Landlord Association.I would suggest that the best course of action for people wanting to give landlords a voice, is to join an existing LL association. Property Tribes is partnered with the Residential Landlords Association.