The Telegraph has raised the issue of how local authorities are increasingly encouraging evicted tenants to stay put in a property until the bailiffs arrive.
Professional landlords won’t be surprised at councils’ advice but amateur landlords could be surprised by the approach which encourages non-paying tenants to ignore their landlords’ requests to leave a rented property.
The Telegraph article highlights the case of one family who rented out their home while living abroad. They gave the tenants notice to leave when they returned but the council advised the renters to stay in the property until the last possible moment, leaving the owners homeless.
The problem is most common in London and Birmingham and other areas of high rental demand.
David Lawrenson, of LettingFocus.com, described the councils’ approach as “stupid” and said it doesn't encourage landlords to take on people who are financially vulnerable.
Alan Ward of the Residential Landlords Association said councils were unable to help people until they had nowhere else to go and pointed out that tenants cannot be rehoused until the bailiffs are at the door.