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  • Section 24 HQ

    Section 24 Letter and Report to your MP



    This is very easy to do, and it may just make your MP start to see sense.

    The impact report is concise and well presented highlighting the consequences of Section 24, which government is refusing to hear, and the letter to your MP is already written! I'll be sending mine this morning with a few tweaks as it will be the third time I'll have written to him.

    Please, please send to your MP.

    Update on Landlords Fight Back #TenantTax

    Dear Supporter,

    As promised in our last update about our meeting with the Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell, we have pleasure in enclosing a link to a useful document that you can share with fellow landlords and your MPs.

    http://www.tenanttax.co.uk/downloads

    This powerful document summarises the compelling case against Section 24 in simple terms and should be shared far and wide.

    If you haven't already done so, we urge you to contact your MP and request a meeting to discuss the devastating impact of Section 24 on landlords, tenants and the private rented sector as a whole.

    This document can act as an interesting leave-behind and form a structure for the meeting. We also recommend that you use your own figures and circumstances as an example.

    Find your local MP here: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

    Email to send to your local MP

    Below is a template you can use to request a meeting with your local MP.

    Subject: Important request to meet my local MP...

    Dear (MP FIRSTNAME)

    I am a constituent living in (YOUR LOCAL AREA/TOWN).

    I would like to meet with you to specifically discuss Section 24 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2015 and the devastating impact that it will have within our local area and on housing across the country.

    Section 24 is a failed tax experiment from Ireland, which led to rents rising by 50% over a three year period, before the Irish Government scrapped the scheme because of this major negative and unintended consequence.

    Recently members of our campaign met with the Housing Minister, Gavin Barwell MP. I have personally contributed to the funding of a Judicial Review, to challenge the legality of Section 24. We have raised more than £180,000 to date and our Axe the Tenant Tax (Section 24) coalition now represents over 150,000 landlords, who in turn provide homes to more than 1 million tenants. We have a permission hearing in the High Court on the 6th October 2016.

    I attach a short document entitled “The compelling case against Section 24” in preparation for our meeting. I hope you will find time to read it before we meet, or you will be able to read it and respond to me prior to our meeting.

    I understand that your time is pressured, but on the basis that one of your local constituents is contributing to the funding of a judicial review and our “Axe the Tenant Tax” coalition represents individuals or organisations with 150,000 passionate members and supporters (many formerly conservative voters, prior to the introduction of Section 24), I trust that you can spare an hour to meet with me.

    Our campaign is being supported by all of the major national and local landlord associations, many letting agencies, banks and finance providers, as well as tenants, who do not want to have to pay substantial rent increases.

    Our campaign has received over 1,000 national and industry media articles to date and we have broken two legal crowd-funding records. Our ability to mobilise funding and grassroots activity is significant and therefore I believe that from your point of view, it will be a worthwhile use of your time to meet with me.

    I hope you agree and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

    Yours sincerely

    (YOUR NAME)

    (YOUR ADDRESS)

    (YOUR PHONE NUMBER)

    Forthcoming dates

    Judicial Review Permission Hearing, 6th October, London - Attendance at the permission hearing is now fully subscribed and the waiting list is now closed. If you have not received an official ticket via EventBrite, please refrain from coming. There is simply not enough room to cater for everyone.

    Property Investor Show, 7th and 8th October, ExCel London – As mentioned previously, we have kindly been donated stand space and seminar slots by the event organisers and this will be the first place we publicly announce the outcome of the permission hearing and next steps in the Axe the Tenant Tax campaign. Register for your free place here. http://www.propertyinvestor.co.uk/

    In the meantime, we are working on updating the Tenant Tax website so that it will become a one-stop resource for the campaign.

    Best regards

    Steve Bolton and Chris Cooper

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    Can't believe nobody has responded to this! Are people forwarding the impact assessment to their MPs? If so, please do post that you've done so.

    There seems to be a lot more action over on P118 with posters confirming who they've sent it to, how important it is, and beating the drum. It really is important we all do our bit, and this involves little effort. Can't say I'm not disappointed at the lack of interest or action here.

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    I think the reason of no replys Is because most PT are on the inside curve of what is happenng to the BTL Market

    I had a meeting over a year ago with my MP and she did not want t know

    Her responce was well put up the rent and pay the tax

    I have yet to find any MP who supports us ????


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    But why give up? Did you read the impact assessment report in the original post? I think it's worth sending. I tweaked my letter so as not to request a meeting as I was corresponding with my MP about it in January.

    I know what's going on too. I've donated to the crowd funing twice and attended the summit. We have to keep the pressure on.

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    I bet most of PT haven't contacted their MPs, whether they're on "the inside curve of the BTL market" or not!

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    Why do they have to be identified as "PT landlords"?  Surely it is ALL landlords?

    Property Tribes has worked tirelessly on many levels both on line and behind the scenes to motivate all landlords.  We cannot be held responsible for landlord apathy - something I have spoken about at length to try and motivate people to take action.

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    Totally agree V. 

    That wasn't what I was trying to say.

    I was referring to my MP’s total lack of interest in the issue.

    Apologies if it came across as something different to that.

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    I was responding to DLL. She mentioned PT, so I responded with PT.

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    Rachel 

    "Change is a prerequisite to longterm survival".

    The establishment is rigged so that the rich stay very rich, and the poor get poorer.

    This just in from one of our supporters (Alistair McKelvie - thank you) who wrote to his MP....

    The Scottish National Party has already taken action to prevent this legislation (Section 24) being passed unamended. An amendment has been submitted calling on the Chancellor to commission a review of its impact on the availability of affordable housing and to lay the findings before both Houses of Parliament within six months of passing this act.

    Read the full content below.

    WRITE TO YOUR MP IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE SO - IT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE....

    Dear Mr McKelvie,

    I am writing with regards to your enquiry about proposed changes to legislation on landlord tax, which form part of the UK government's Finance Bill.

    I can certainly assure you that I, along with my SNP colleagues, do indeed share your concerns about many proposals contained within this bill. I am deeply concerned that changes made in the 2015 Finance Act to landlord taxation may, if implemented, have adverse consequences on the availability of affordable housing in Scotland.

    The SNP are concerned that the increased taxation on landlords is best suited to the needs of London's rental sector, and fails to take into account the diversity of the housing market throughout the UK. The percentage of landlords owning a small number of properties is disproportionately greater in Scotland. These landlords are often more willing to rent properties at an affordable price, and to those relying on social security as a safety net. I am very mindful of the worrying possibility of landlords such as yourself being forced to either drastically increase rental costs or to sell properties.

    I can also confirm that the SNP has already taken action to prevent this legislation being passed unamended. An amendment has been submitted calling on the Chancellor to commission a review of its impact on the availability of affordable housing and to lay the findings before both Houses of Parliament within six months of passing this act.

    I hope this is reassuring in clarifying my position on the matter. Please do not hesitate to get back in touch regarding this or any other issue with which I may be of assistance.

    Kind regards,

    Stuart Donaldson MP
    Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

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    All very positive in Scotland at least.

    My MP (ZacGoldsmith), didn't even reply to my last 2 letters.

    In fact since he lost his disastrous campaign for the London Major, he's been virtually invisible.

    However, I will try to write to him again this weekend.

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