Private landlords

There is a lot of talk about supporting renters (which is absolutely important) however little consideration is given to the landlord. There is no differentiation between corporate large scale landowners and small private landlords. The Support being given to tenants without consideration of small landlords is simply moving the problem. Many see owning a second property as a method of careful planning for retirement due to the fact that state pensions may not be available when that time comes round. Private landlords frequently have mortgages on the property. Pro tenant rhetoric without wider consideration is partially being done to win voters over which is unforgivable at a time like this.

Why the contribution is important

Support for all in society not just specific groups

by Danny187 on May 05, 2020 at 01:28PM

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  • Posted by consult1 May 05, 2020 at 13:49

    Landlords are struggling just as much as tenants, we do not have a magic pot of money available, whilst we have purchased property, this is with a mortgage, and we are required to pay this. Even if a payment holiday is provided, we are still required to pay this, plus interest. On top of this is insurance, maintenance, fees etc. Agree the rhetoric is not helpful.
  • Posted by BCW May 05, 2020 at 13:50

    I agree, all my income comes from the rent from a retail property. Because this retail property is counted as savings, there is no possibility to get Universal Credit, and as it is an investment, there is no self employed help. The tenants are getting Business Rate grants and help to furlough staff, but landlords have no assistance other than taking on more debt.
  • Posted by Margaret0308 May 05, 2020 at 14:15

    In fact I do agree with the principle of this but am against supporting AirBNB properties as these cause problems for neighbours
  • Posted by Iridium242 May 05, 2020 at 18:28

    I agree that landlords may also need help, but the proposal seems to be more a statement of solidarity than a concrete proposal the Scottish Government can consider.
  • Posted by Gesabrek May 08, 2020 at 06:54

    Landlords must be allowed to visit their properties as part of essential travel since they might not be close to their homes. Insurance issues are stacking up if this is not allowed soon ie homes cannot be vacant for more than 60 days. Students were told to go home before lockdown.
  • Posted by Dave_H May 08, 2020 at 12:08

    As a private landlord I have had to accept less than half rent from my tenants at the moment as they have lost their income. There is help for (most but not all) self employed and there is help for employees, but there is no financial help for landlords. It seems to be treated as an "investment" but the reality is the small private landlord with one or 2 properties relies on the rent paid as his income. Why is there no help scheme whatsoever to protect the income of a small private landlord? I have searched all the grants etc and I am not eligible for any of them. I just have to grin and bear it and hope my savings last long enough.
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