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Tenant evictions set to be key battleground during General Election

Generation Rent says over 27,000 tenants have been evicted this year via 'no fault' Section 21 notices and that it's helping increase homelessness.

Nigel Lewis

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A leading renters’ rights lobbying group has claimed that Section 21 evictions will play a key role in the looming General Election on December 12th.

Generation Rent, which believes that the private rental sector should be reorganised for the safety of tenants rather than the profit of landlords, says several marginal constituencies, including Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency, feature high levels of ‘no fault’ evictions.

Generation Rent says the problem of ‘no fault’ evictions is becoming a key campaigning issue.

Its analysis of official government data shows that of the 260,000 families who faced homelessness last year some 27,450 or 10.5% were via evictions using a Section 21 notice.

A further 800 households were evicted after complaining to their landlord, letting agent or council about their property, figures published in The Times reveals.

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“For private renters, the most common reason for becoming homeless is that your landlord wants to sell or simply re-let the property,” says Dan Wilson-Craw of Generation Rent.

“Landlords don’t have to prove grounds or help you move.

“The next government would dramatically reduce homelessness by abolishing Section 21 evictions, making landlords foot the tenant’s bill if they want to sell.”

The call to abolish Section 21 is part of a ‘renters’ manifesto’ jointly published by Generation Rent, the London Renters Union, ACORN, the New Economics Foundation, Renters’ Rights London and Tenants Union UK.

It calls for radical reform of private renting and a transformation of the housing system including the abolition of section 21 evictions, the introduction of rent controls and an end to discrimination of tenants on housing benefit.

Read more about Section 21.

November 20, 2019

One comment

  1. The VAST majority of landlords will not evict a decent paying tenant who is looking after their property. LL use Section 21 (no fault eviction) as it is cheaper, quicker and much less hassle than the alternative Section 8 (tenant fault eviction).

    LL would use S8 much more readily if the English (I can’t comment on the Scottish system) courts system for possession was not in meltdown. If using the S8 the LL has to appear in court themselves (or appoint an expensive lawyer), make sure all the paperwork is absolutely correct in all regards (I have heard of cases being thrown out for spelling mistakes) and then go through the trauma of a hearing. When the case is decided and the tenant ordered out, usually for serious rent arrears or damages, it can them take several more months to actually get the house back.

    The S21 route is a simple form and you get the house back 2 months later or so with no court appearance or solicitors costs.

    The NLA, amongst others, have been pushing back against this nonsense from Generation Rent for years. It would be useful if, whoever wins the election, a housing minister was appointed who stays in post for more than a couple of months and gets to grip with the brief.

    There are so many simple things that could be done to help both landlords and tenants make a better go of renting; make it cheaper, less risky for both parties, more efficient, and have longer term tenancies for those who want them. We can and should be doing better, but dropping S21 is not the way forward. Is it too late to put my name forward for election?

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