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.
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”.