A letter by Alastair Cameron, publicity secretary for the ELA, was published in the Guardian yesterday (online on Friday 20 April). Alastair wrote:

• Re Rhik Samadder’s column (Landlords are social parasites. They don’t deserve any awards, G2, 16 April), the Ethical Landlords Association was set up as a response to the knock-on effects on the rental sector of our dysfunctional housing situation. ELA accredits “good” private landlords who wish to display “basic human decency”, who offer long-term tenancies, who commit to prompt repairs, and who refrain from “revenge evictions”. A star rating is given to landlords who are able to charge below market rates (though landlords often incur huge costs themselves).

There are many accidental or reluctant landlords, like your reader who let when they moved and were unable to sell (Letters, 18 April). Others inherit a property, or deliberately become landlords to secure a pension. We are not all social parasites. The ELA exists to help landlords do the right thing by their tenants, hence the strapline “because it’s a home, not just a property”. ELA can be contacted through ethicallandlords.org.uk, and welcomes new members.

Alastair Cameron

Publicity secretary, ELA

The letter was in response to an opinion piece by Rhik Sammader in which he proposed that all private residential landlords were “social parasites”.

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Alastair’s letter in The Guardian

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