WHY ARE LANDLORDS A HUNTED SPECIES?
I recently read an article by Patrick Collinson in the Guardian, it was entitled ‘Britain’s buy to let boom is over, we should rejoice’ (Saturday, 8th February 2020)
I don’t know if Patrick Collinson’s article is typical of the biased reporting in the media, I tend not to read newspapers as a rule. I found it one sided and poorly researched: gutter press porn for the uneducated.
It makes no reference to the time it has taken a typical landlord to provide decent housing for his customers.
It takes no account of the dreadful state that properties are left in when a tenant gets evicted or the cost of putting this right which comes directly out of the landlord’s pocket.
The fabled “fat lazy profits” he refers to clearly shows he has never been involved in the reality of being a landlord, as running a portfolio is demanding work and there are costs besides mortgage payments to be taken account of.
As to “smugly sitting on unearned house price gains” – I can’t speak for the South of England, my properties are in the North West and there have been no gains in my portfolio since 2007, not that that matters. I invested for income not for growth.
Collinson is right though when he says landlords are leaving the industry, and he seems to suggest that this is a good thing. Again, this shows me that Collinson has just has not thought this through.
Private rented accommodation, like any other industry you care to mention, has a bell curve. At one end there are landlords who provide an outstanding service. At the other extreme are the rogue landlords who not only provide unsafe and unhygienic living accommodation, they will also continue to do so regardless of whatever legislation is introduced. The rest of us provide decent accommodation at whatever the market rent is and comply with all required legislation.
We don’t “squeeze as much cash out of young adults as possible”. Market rents are market rents. Supply and demand is a matter of economics. Young adults can choose where they live and landlords are entitled to get paid for their services just like reporters. If there is a shortage of living accommodation that is driving rents up, then look to the Government who have systematically destroyed their own social housing programme and are now looking to destroy the private rented sector.
The industry is now under such severe attack that you have a weird situation where the landlord is now taxed on turnover, not on profit.
Take any industry you like; nobody can run a business on turnover. There is an adage “Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity”. Landlords are being taxed on profits they never made! They can make a loss and still must pay tax.
No wonder landlords are selling up and it will be the tenant who suffers in the end. It appears to be open season on private Landlords, and I like so many others are looking at other ways to earn an income.
Heaven help the poor tenants once the corporate landlord dominates the scene. Many landlords are real people with a face and a heart. The corporate landlord, one who runs the business as a limited company, can still claim this tax relief on mortgage payments that Collinson considers so heinous. I believe that this concerted attack has been orchestrated by the Government so that it is the Corporate Landlord who will take over the industry.
However, now that the small landlord is leaving the market there is a very big chance that the faceless conglomerates will start to take over. There is a readymade market and a supply of houses just there for the taking. It’s a no-brainer. Then there will be no quarter for the tenant.
As a private landlord of some 15 years now, I have watched these increased taxes come in and I’ve said nothing. Regulation serves a purpose. But enough is enough!
I have seen my profits dwindle to a point where I daren’t rely on this income to see me through my retirement years.
I have seen increasing default on rent and longer void periods.
I have had to refurbish properties left in a state that I would not want a new tenant moving into.
I have seen my landlord insurance premium go up and up.
I have struggled to keep up with new regulations laws and requirements.
What was once a joy is becoming a chore and I have started to look at an alternative way to provide for my retirement.
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Please leave me a comment below and let me know what your experiences have been