Tenants are often able to live rent-free for weeks, if not months, when they are in dispute with their landlord about moving out, and now the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to challenge strict laws that could soon make it even harder for a landlord to repossess a property.
The RLA is looking to raise £10,000 to fight a ruling which could stop landlords from taking back properties from tenants who are refusing to pay rent.
The association is alarmed that a landlord has been unable to legally take back his property despite having a legitimate reason to do so, given that the tenants have stopped paying rent, building up significant arrears.
A licensing technicality has prevented the landlord, Mr Jarvis, from being able to evict the tenant because he holds a licence in his company name, with the property owned in his own name. Until now, this has not been an issue in England or Wales.
But a court has ruled the notice he has served on his tenants under Section 8 invalid, on the basis it is the company, not the individual that holds the licence.
The decision could have major financial implications for landlords across the board, and the RLA is supporting Mr Jarvis in his appeal, but needs public support to do so.
The RLA hopes that its CrowdJustice campaign will help cover the legal costs for the challenge, and set a precedent that will benefit all landlords.