Section 21 Notices To Be Scrapped

AFS Team·17 April 2019·4 min read
Section 21 Notices To Be Scrapped

Section 21 Notices To Be Scrapped

In a bid to protect tenants from 'rogue' landlords, Section 21 notices for eviction are to be scrapped, the government has announced.

In the announcement, the government says that Section 8 evictions will also be reformed and they are due to launch a consultation process.

Currently, a Section 21 notice enables a landlord to evict a tenant without having a reason when their fixed term tenancy ends.

Under the government's plans, a landlord will be required to provide 'concrete, evidenced reasons' to bring a tenancy to an end.

James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, said this is the latest move by the government to reform the country's private rental sector.

He explained that the scrapping of Section 21 notices is the biggest change to the sector 'for a generation'.

Responsible landlords will still be able to get their property back

He insisted that responsible landlords will still be able to get their property back when they have a reason for doing so.

Mr Brokenshire said: "By abolishing these evictions, everyone living in the private rented sector will be making the right housing choice for themselves and not having that being made for them."

The chief executive of the National Landlords' Association, Richard Lambert, said: "Landlords have little choice currently but to use Section 21 and they have no confidence in the capacity or the ability of courts in dealing with possession claims quickly."

He added that by scrapping Section 21, the government is effectively creating 'a system of indefinite tenancies by the back door'.

He said that the government should follow in Scotland's footsteps where the government there reformed the court system before looking at how to change tenancies.

Mr Lambert said: "Should the government introduce another piece of badly thought-out legislation, there will be, we guarantee, chaos."

'News could be devastating’

David Cox, ARLA's chief executive, said: "For the private rental sector and for landlords operating in it, the news could be devastating.

"The tenant fees ban effect has not been felt yet and the government is introducing legislation that could deter landlords entering the market.

"Though in most cases, there is no need for using Section 21 but there are times when there's no choice for a landlord but to act and evict their tenants from their property."

He added: "The news will discourage new landlords from investing in a buy to let property and increase pressure on the sector when demand is outpacing supply and rents are rising."