PM seeks Longer Term Tenancy

PM seeks Longer Term Tenancy

The Prime Minister today has changed her mind and announced that she does want to have an early General election after all.

Fixed Terms don’t work

Of course in the (good?) old days if the Prime Minister wanted to call an election, he or she could, without having to go to the bother of tabling a motion in the House of Commons first.  This is the first and possibly last time that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act is being used.

Assuming her motion passes, as we are sure it will, this represents the tenant of No 10 Downing Street asking her landlord, the public, for a four or five-year long-term tenancy.

Initial short tenancy has suited Prime Minister

This represents what we have said for some time regarding how long-term tenancies develop over time.

In a previous blog, we had referred to the Mrs May as an ‘accidental Prime Minister’ who led a ‘Statutory Periodic Government’. Thinking of her as a tenant in this instance, we can see that Mrs May upon entering No 10, initially favoured the flexibility of not being tied down.  The idea of an early election and an immediate 4 or 5 year tenancy would not be appropriate she insisted. This is the same for most tenants as they move into a new job, new area etc and don’t know what the future holds.

Then after 9 months, when Mrs May was established in her job and both her and her husband were happy with the property, they realised they wanted to broach the subject of a longer term tenancy with their landlord.  We will see how this conversation goes and whether the landlord is happy with this arrangement.  If the tenant has shown a previous good track record of paying rent on time and has not proved troublesome to other tenants or neighbours, than normally landlords are as a whole positive to such approaches.

What does this announcement mean for the PRS? 

During an election the Civil Service officially goes into Purdah, meaning there can be no official activity on issues such as the recently published consultation on Banning Letting Agents Fees.  The consultation will however remain live so the new Government could table legislation immediately after an election if it so wished, though this is unlikely.  Issues such as Client Money Protection and HMO Licensing will all have to wait for the next Government though as these proposals / consultations have yet to be published.

In the meantime, we will more than likely see manifesto promises over longer term tenancies and standards in the PRS (licensing?), with rhetoric regarding landlord taxes and rent controls from some quarters.

In the meantime this whole episode is yet another example of why Fixed Terms don’t work.

10 thoughts on “PM seeks Longer Term Tenancy

  1. The Conversatives cannot be trusted to be fair to landlords. They were totally untruthful before the last election. They are trying to abolish the small landlords and don’t seem to think renting is a business because any business should be allowed to charge expenses of the business in their accounts ie. Loan interest.

    1. Mrs. May is our (the electorate’s) tenant. The Tories are the enemy of small landlords so I’m voting labour! On fixed (5 year (?) tenancies, I’d be much more rigorous on the enforcement side than I’ve been on 1 year AST’s.

      1. Paul, with all due respect I really think that it is not a good vote, even as a protest. I have Conservatives for what they did to us, but Labour will bring a lot worse regulations, and also the rent control – they have been stating that for years. It might be better to consider voting strategically. Have a look at Property 118, there is a thread on that subject. Regards.

  2. What would happen if fized term tenancies were introduced, let’s say of three years, and then you had a tenant who didn’t pay, or was a nuisance to the neighbours, couldn’t the Landlord still get them out as they will have broken the terms of the tenancy?

  3. Love the analogy. Can we give her two months notice to leave if we don’t like her policies?

  4. I think her tenancy needs to end. She has changed her mind on so many issues (on Brexit from Remainer to hard Leaver; not wanting to call elections to calling rushed elections timed conveniently to cover up the CPS investigation into election fraud to name but a few) and Tories slamming Landlords by not letting us expense business charges (interest payments) as well as using us as immigration control. Let’s vote her out, rather than suffer a bad tenant for another 5 years !

  5. Wouldn’t surprise me if she intends a very soft brexit actually. That’s why she has called the election – plans to give herself a good majority so she can ignore the hard brexiteers and then negotiate something very soft and in 5 years time she’ll disappear to write her memoirs leaving the property in a mess……

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