The shouting and the mudslinging is finally over…
Boris Johnson won an overwhelming majority in the UK General Election, billed as the ‘Brexit Election’, and has now declared that the real start of his ‘One Nation’ plan can begin.
Some of the measures that this involves may not tick the boxes of all traditional Conservative voters, but they certainly will make for interesting talking points.
One of these talking points is without doubt the scrapping of Section 21, which enabled landlords to evict tenants under so called ‘no fault’ stipulations.
As more and more Britons find themselves unable to get on to the first rung of the property ladder, the term ‘Generation Rent’ has been coined, leading to calls for more protection for tenants.
The prominent homelessness charity Shelter was amongst those shouting the loudest.
It seems as though Number 10 has heard those calls loud and clear, but what does this mean for landlords?
Well, not all of them are sold on the idea, and that’s putting it mildly.
Some landlords see this is as simply a way to placate tenants, whilst others feel that it is two fingers being held up to them and their best interests.
Landlords have been assured that other measures for eviction will be ‘beefed up’ in due course, with even the suggestion that a ‘Property Court’ could be established, but the only confirmed change so far is the scrapping of Section 21.
This will undoubtedly increase the Conservative and BJ’s appeal to new and younger voters, but steps will need to be taken to ensure that landlords feel secure with whatever remains in place, or indeed whatever comes in to replace it further down the line.
Landlords just want the security of knowing that in the event that they are unfortunate to end up with bad tenants, that they will be able to lawfully arrange for their removal and the retrieval of debts and damages.
The calls from both sides are perfectly reasonable, it’s all about compromise, but as we all know, that’s much easier said than done.
Whatever happens, Court Enforcement Specialists will continue to support our clients by carrying out their instructions to the fullest extent of the law.
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