Landlords are attempting to launch a boycott of businesses that support housing charity Shelter, according to housing industry website Property Industry Eye, which reported this week that while Shelter paid tribute to B&Q and Marks & Spencer for their support over the winter period, the National Landlords alliance has targeted the stores.
— Shelter (@Shelter) November 16, 2018
This Christmas B&Q hopes to raise £25,000 through sales of fairy dolls, where at least £2 will go towards Shelter for each doll sold.
Property Industry Eye reported that “some landlords have already written to B&Q to warn them that they will no longer be making any purchases there.”
According to the article, this includes Dr Ros Beck, who told B&Q in her letter: “I am a private landlord who has known for some time that B&Q has been helping to fund Shelter. So far, I have chosen to ignore this unpalatable fact, but frankly I have had enough now.”
She says that Shelter claims to help people get housing: “Well, frankly, the only way they can do that is by persuading private landlords to take the risk of housing homeless people – as there is practically no social housing available for this purpose.