‘Landlords should compensate tenants when they ask them to leave’

Campaign group Generation Rent has published key wish list changes to private rental market ahead of government's promised White Paper.

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Generation Rent has suggested that landlords should compensate tenants when they sell their properties and ask them to move out.

It also believes evictions should be banned where landlords simply want to replace their tenants or avoid responding to a complaint.

In its new reportA safe place to call home: Ending unfair evictions & reforming renting”, the housing campaign group recommends five tenancy reforms to end unfair evictions and give renters greater long-term security in their home: open ended tenancies, more time to find a new home, compensation for a blameless move, no excessive rent increases to force an eviction and no mandatory evictions for people in rent debt.

Generation Rent is backing the government’s commitment to publishing a set of private rental market reforms later this year, which will include the abolition of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, a lifetime deposit that transfers between tenancies, and greater regulation of landlords.

It says that since April 2018, 68,430 households have faced homelessness after their landlord evicted them to sell or re-let the property or in retaliation for a complaint.

Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent (pictured, top), says: “It cannot be right for a housing provider to leave their customer in the lurch and expect tenants and taxpayers to pick up the bill. Renters can never enjoy a stable life if they can have the rug pulled from under them, so the government’s reforms must make sure renters get proper support during unwanted moves.”

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