Groups representing landlords and letting agents have come together to form an alliance to oppose the government’s plan to scrap Section 21 no-fault evictions. The ‘Fair Possessions Coalition’ believes Section 21 repossessions should be retained until a new system can replace it which provides security and confidence in repossessing in justified circumstances.
The coalition cautions that abolishing Section 21 without putting a new process in place will damage the buy to let market.
The coalition includes landlord trade bodies the Residential Landlords Association and National Landlords Association, letting agent trade body the Association of Residential Letting Agents, as well as eviction specialists Landlord Action and many more groups representing both landlords and letting agents.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has given notice that Section 21 rules are due for repeal and flagged that a new law will replace the ban.
“A thriving private rental market that provides choice for tenants hinges on landlords having confidence that they can regain possession of their property in a timely and efficient way,” said a statement from the coalition.
“At present, only Section 21 repossessions provide that certainty. It should be kept unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of certainty. The other routes currently available for repossessing properties do not meet this test.”
A coalition manifesto issued with the statement calls for a fair possession process for landlords and tenants and urges the government to make further reforms to improve the private rental market for tenants and landlords.
“Landlords have legitimate reasons to repossess. These need to be laid out so they are clear and comprehensive,” says the coalition.
“This will ensure that both landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities to each other. It will also make it clear where a landlord is abusing their position making it more difficult for them to do so. Equally, a tenant will be clear about when a landlord has the right to ask them to leave and when and how this may be open to challenge.”Read more about the coalition, and it’s members, here.