Vulnerable Tenants are at serious risk if Landlords choose to supply more stable tenants with rental housing as a result of Government plans to abolish Section 21.
The Government has announced and is proposing a consultation on the removal of Section 21, which Landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes unreasonably.
Private Landlords at this time can Evict Tenants from their homes within eight weeks of notice, Once their fixed-term contracts comes to an end.
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she plans to ban the use of Section 21 or what is a so-called ‘no-fault evictions’ in England.
Theresa May went on to say:
“Everyone in the private sector has the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence.”
“This means ensuring they can swiftly repossess properties for legitimate reasons such as rent arrears, tenant anti-social behaviour or wanting to sell them. This needs to happen before any moves are made to end Section 21.”
“This is wrong and today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions. This important step will not only protect tenants from unethical behaviour, but also give them the long-term certainty and the peace of mind they deserve.
“Landlords will still be able to end tenancies when they have legitimate reasons to do so, but they will no longer be able to unexpectedly evict families with only eight weeks’ notice.”
What is Section 21?
We have found the majority of landlords are responsible property owners who strive to provide high standard accommodation and a safe environment for families while they live in what they would call homes for their tenants.
But like the majority of industries there are some that choose to break the law and are abusing the system.
Section 21 is a legal process landlords must adhere to if they want to evict their tenant - under current rules, they don't have to provide a reason to evict the tenant once their tenancy ends. In many cases charities and the Government, renters - and entire families - have been evicted without reason.
The Government should also look at protecting private Landlords when it comes to 'Fault' evictions - non payment of rent or unsociable behaviour should be streamlined to allow private landlords to evict such tenants.
Three Year Tenancy Agreements
There are also talks to introduce new 3 year tenancy to give valid tenants more protection and security.
This idea would extend the current minimum term and would replace the current six to 12 month leases - which over 80% of tenants are currently signed up to.
According to MPs this would give tenants a more steady place to call home, while also offering landlords more financial security.