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No, falling behind with your rent isn’t the same as stealing from a supermarket.

No, falling behind with your rent isn’t the same as stealing from a supermarket.

Landlords, stop saying that it is. As the country faces a second wave of Covid, and an economic crisis seems inevitable, the attention of Britain’s buy-to-let landlords turns inevitably to one of their abiding obsessions: their inalienable right to kick people out of their homes as easily as possible. To this end there is a petition to Parliament demanding the ability to evict renters once they have fallen as little as 14 days into arrears: Let’s be clear, automatic eviction…

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Maybe I was wrong about the National Landlords Alliance

Maybe I was wrong about the National Landlords Alliance

Heaven knows I haven’t been an unequivocal supporter of the National Landlords Alliance. I’ve reported on its curious origins, how its members don’t acquire any of the usual rights of members and are effectively just making a donation, the Information Commissioner’s probe into them, queries about their staffing, and their overreaction to being scrutinised. And I may have mentioned them on Twitter once or twice. Up to now, I’d always taken it for granted that the Alliance was a bad…

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In court with Fergus Wilson

In court with Fergus Wilson

A few weeks ago I reported on Fergus Wilson’s attempt to bankrupt me over my reporting on this blog. Today the County Court at Canterbury heard my application to set his demands aside. Despite Wilson being represented by a barrister, the court upheld my application, and ordered him to pay my costs. For now at least his attempts to bankrupt me are at an end. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this, whether you’ve given moral…

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