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May 2

by Millie Wickens
Government set to scrap Section 21 no-fault evictions

The government has called for the banning of section 21 no-fault evictions which would stop landlords from forcing tenants to leave rented accommodation for no reason. 

Scrapping Section 21 will give renters open-ended tenancies that a landlord can only end for a limited number of reasons.

The full list has yet to be disclosed, but if the new law follows the example already set in Scotland, evictions will only follow tenants falling into significant rent arrears, inflicting damage on their home or the landlord wanting to repossess the home to live in or sell.

Together with more rights and security for tenants, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire promises a slicker repossession court procedure for property owners.

“By abolishing these kinds of evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them. And this will be balanced by ensuring responsible landlords can get their property back where they have proper reason to do so,” he said.

“We are making the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation. We are creating homes, opportunities and thriving communities, where people can come together and put down roots, bound by a strong sense of belonging.

“Everyone has a right to the opportunities they need to build a better life. For many, this means having the security and stability to make a place truly feel like home without the fear of being evicted at a moments’ notice. We are building a fairer housing market that truly works for everyone.

There is currently no date set for abolishing the law, which will follow a consultation period and the passage of a Bill through Parliament.

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