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Boris confirms end to Section 21 evictions and launches ‘Lifetime Deposits’

Johnson revealed a raft of major housing policies in an article published in The Sun this morning.

Nigel Lewis

Boris Johnson has revealed several major shifts in government policy for the private rented sector and, as predicted, has put evictions at the centre of the General Election housing debate.

In an article published by The Sun newspaper early this morning, Johnson has confirmed that the government will proceed with banning Section 21 eviction notices.

“At the moment, renting a property can also be an uncertain and unsettling business, and the costs of deposits make it harder to move. We are going to fix that,” says Johnson.

“A Conservative majority government will empower renters and give them greater peace of mind.”

The policy has been opposed by landlords and many agents because it will push all evictions into the courts, making it harder and more expensive to eject tenants who default on their rent.

Hugely welcome

But homelessness charities have welcomed the move including Shelter, whose chief executive Polly Neate says: “Reports that Conservatives plan to scrap Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions are hugely welcome.

“If enacted, this would transform private renting for millions of people by providing them with stability and security.”

Johnson has also said that if elected his government would bring in a system of transferable tenancy deposits called Lifetime Deposits which, it is claimed, is the Conservative Party’s attempt to reel in Labour-voting younger tenants.

“We have long argued that deposits should be transferable. It will make renting cheaper and easier for tenants. It is vital though that the detail of the plans ensure that both landlords and tenants can have complete confidence in how the lifetime deposit will work,” says David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Million more

Johnson has also announced a major overhaul of planning to enable more homes to be built and help ‘Generation Rent’ on to the property ladder.

He has promised to build a million more private and affordable homes by 2025, which would require 250,000 to be built every year.

Johnson has also revealed that the government is preparing an alternative to the Help to Buy scheme equity scheme, which is due to finish in 2023.

Both Labour and the Conservatives are expected to release their full manifestos today.

Read The Sun article in full.

November 21, 2019

4 comments

  1. The flaw in all the politician’s “Cunning plans” is that the capacity of our house building industry is 180,000 a year.

    We need to train one extra tradesman (woman) to bolster the two existing, electricians, bricklayers, joiners, roofers, etc.

    A 33% increase in skilled tradespeople.
    Have the politicians any idea how to do this? Of course not.

    The other flaw in the plan is that there is lots of warehouse work. If you can read, write and count, you can have a job in a warehouse.

    Staff canteen, sent home if the temperature drops below 62F, overtime if you want it and you are warm and dry and not forced to go home unpaid on wet days.

    The pay and status of the construction industry trainees/apprentices will need a re-vamp if we are to attract young people to the industry.

    As always, never allow the facts to get in the way of a vote catching pledge.

  2. Not sure that anyone in Parliament really understand the real world anymore. “Lifetime transferable deposits”! How do you transfer a deposit to a new property if the landlord has not yet signed off the property or the adjudicator has not ruled his/her findings. Another chaotic policy announcement to buy votes.

    Another point after 17 years other than a tenant in arrears, the landlord moving back into the property or selling up I have never issued a Section 21. My landlords want long term tenants they certainly dont want to move them out.

    Perhaps we are lucky we have good landlords, good tenants and problems are infrequent but the policy changes this year have not improved anything for tenants it has in effect made it both harder and more expensive for people to rent.

  3. Yet again Westminster look to the private landlords as the scapegoats for years of poor government in the housing sector.
    If successive governments had acted rather than using the PRS as a political football and if even 1/2 of the houses that should have been built had made it out of the ground then this would not even be a conversation!
    Time to take housing away from government and establish a body that knows what it is doing & talking about to guide policy.

  4. Both main parties have announced their plans for 250,00 extra houses a year? Who is going to build them when the training skills council and all major builders have repeatedly stated that they haven’t the manpower to build them?

    Another undeliverable election promise.

    The loss of S21 is a blow to the PRS. This is not because landlords want to throw out good tenants, as Shelter say, but because LL use it as a cheap and quick way to get rid of bad tenants. If they have to use the county courts system the whole repossession process will implode, with implications for investment into the sector.

    Whoever gets into power will need to address the court system as a priority. A specialist housing court was mooted last year and this would seem to be a sensible way to overcome the looming problems.

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