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Following the news that the government intends to propose scrapping Section 21 eviction notices, landlords across the UK are offered an opportunity to have their voices heard in a recent survey on the housing market reform, presented by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Previously, landlords have been allowed to evict tenants without reason at the end of fixed terms, but the government has since proposed removing this course of action, following a campaign on behalf of tenants.

The RLA, which represents over 35,000 landlords across the country, argues that landlords should have their say, to help influence debate on the subject. The government has been holding consultations on the issue since July 2018.

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Landlords seek reassurance

The RLA has stated that landlords seek assurances over being able to swiftly repossess property in the event of tenants being in arrears over rent, as well as anti-social behaviour for example.

It is now necessary to gather evidence as to the value of the government’s proposal and decide what reforms are needed for landlords to feel that their interests are being protected, according to the recent survey. Also, reform should not threaten the effective functioning of landlord’s property businesses, the RLA said in a statement.

David Smith, policy director at RLA, said: “The system needs to be fair to both landlords and tenants. The majority of landlords do a good job and it is vital that they have the confidence to provide the homes they rent we desperately need.”

Open-ended tenancies likely

One of the criticisms of the government proposal, of repealing of Section 21 evictions, revolved around the potential of creating open-ended tenancies.

Pressure group Generation Rent, which campaigned for the repeal of Section 21 claimed that: “We’ve given a lot of thought to how landlords’ needs can be accommodated while safeguarding tenants…there’s strong and growing consensus that major reform is needed in private renting”.

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Steven Taylor
Steven reports on the daily churn of the property news cycle, often reporting on the stories you may have missed during the week. He covers a range of topics, including market sentiment, new findings and announcements by policy-makers.

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    9 Comments

    1. I wonder about priced out and shelter – are they financed by the Russians keen to destabilise the rental sector by making it best for private landlords to evict tenants now while you still can – and then this army of 1 in 5 homeless demand housing from the govt and set fire to parliament when the tories say oops sorry that wasn’t the plan…. we’ve always needed a revolution.. power to the people. Freedom for tooting comrades

    2. Why on earth would a landlord get rid of a rent paying honest tenant for no reason this beggars belief just another knife in the back from this government so out of touch with real life

      1. Exactly

    3. No fault is a political opportunity, the truth nearly ,60% evictions are for Not paying rent….that’s hardly without fault even if your a raving Marxist like Corbyn

      1. 90% of rentals are ended by the tenants.

    4. There are 4 million landlords, if the government realise that is 4 million votes they could lose, they will look at this in a different light , this government has penalised landlords for to long

    5. Landlords can hardly breathe at the moment with all the changes …we need help from the Government now, not this

    6. I have never evicted any of my tenants, they give their notice and then they go. One thing is for certain though, I cannot let to HB and even if this was lifted then there is not a chance I would rent to them with S21 being taken away. I am fortunate that I can pick and choose my tenants and therefore I will certainly be much more choosy on who I take in.

    7. In 48 years I have only taken court action once. The shorthold assured tenancies & section 21 has worked well for Landlords & Tenants. 6 months contracts have rolled over to periodic tenancies for 5 years & more, and has always ended by the Tenant requesting to vacate. Why repair something that is not broken.

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