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Housing body aims to keep giving tenants a voice

Sarah Webb, CIH Chief Executive, said:  "I regret that the National Tenant Voice will close and I believe we need to find a way to continue its work by putting in place support elsewhere.

"The involvement of tenants is very important if localism and the ‘big society’ is to work effectively, but this involvement is not up to capacity yet in many areas and we are keen to see it develop further.

"At CIH we have a commitment to empower tenants to shape and influence the services they receive, for example through our work to develop resident-led self regulation.

"Our Active Learning for Residents programme recognises and accredits the work that tenants do in their communities and we have already attracted over 150 tenants to our reduced rate tenant membership."

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  1. Major Landlord says:

    I like to consider myself as a fair, honest, decent landlord. I treat my tenants well, and I generally get nice notes from them when they finally leave.They also move around my properties, and recommend me to friends, so I guess I must be doing something right. I actually think a lot of landlords are like just me: in business to make money, sure, but eager to offer a good service at the same time, and be friendly and helpful with our customers.

    Of course, there are the occasional exceptions: people who treat your property with total disrespect, people who upset their neighbours, people who deliberately and consistently pay their rent late, or stop paying it completely. It’s in these situations that the landlord finds out that the tenant has all the rights, and he has NONE.

    No sensible landlord would ever evict a tenant unless that person was abusing the property, being a nuisance, or not paying rent. So WHY is it so difficult and costly to remove unacceptable tenants? Why is that the landlord must go through a lengthy legal process that can take a year, and cost thousands of pounds, just to get his property back?

    All I hear about these days is “tenants’ rights”, and all the many bodies who are there to protect them, as if all landlords are thieves and thugs. This is unfair and untrue. And the laws are clear already, and already favour the tenant in every situation. Why do they need people to stand up for their rights?

    What would be refreshing is if somebody took the side of the landlord once in a while. Although we have bodies like the NLA, they have no legal powers and are toothless and ineffectual. Government alone can make a difference here: it needs to restore the balance of fairness in the rights of both parties: or landlords will sell up and divert investment into other less risky and onerous activities: and that will not help tenants.