Today the Government announced its intention to abolish Section 21 in its current form to prevent landlords from taking the ‘quick option’ to remove tenants. Section 8 evictions are also set to be reformed in England and Wales with a consultation launching shortly on the Government’s plans. Section 21’s Scottish equivalent has already been abolished north of the border.
At present private sector renters can be evicted from their home after their fixed-term contract has come to an end at any point. There are currently 11 million private renters in England. Landlords do not have to give a reason for eviction and can give as little as eight weeks’ notice. This is known as the Section 21 process. However, the Prime Minister has called these types of evictions “unfair,” adding that renters have the right “to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence”.
Theresa May said that “millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification and this is wrong so today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions.”
Richard Palfreeman, our Northfields CEO says
“For most landlords of Northfields this will not have an impact as they are letting their property on a long term basis and our rent arrears are very low, so we rarely have to use Section Notices to regain possession. Landlords will still be able to regain possession of their property where the tenant is in breach of the tenancy using Ground 8 notices. However, the inability to use Section 21 as a way of regaining possession of the property could make evictions more complex, longer and ultimately more expensive for landlords. Clearly, some landlords will require their property back in the event they would like to sell, move back in or complete extensive works, for those landlords we need to see the detail of the Governments proposals to ensure adequate provisions have been made to enable these landlords to remain in the market.”
If you would like any further information about this announcement, please contact us on ☎︎ 020 8740 6622 and speak to our lettings specialists.