Landlords fight back over Shelter’s Section 21 notice evictions claims

NRLA has slammed the housing group for its 'one-sided' research last week which tarred all landlords with the same evictions brush.

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An open letter has been published by the National Residential Landlords Association taking Shelter to task over research it published last week which claimed the entire landlord community is busy initiating evictions against tenants ‘without reason’.

Shelter said that “every seven minutes a private renter is served a no-fault eviction notice despite government promise to scrap them three years ago”.

Ben Beadle evictionsBut National Residential Landlords Association Chief Executive Ben Beadle (pictured) says in his letter to Shelter that the campaign was a “disappointingly one-sided picture, which has the potential to create needless anxiety for tenants that their landlord is about to evict them for no reason”.

“There are, as we know, a small number of irresponsible landlords who have no place in the market and bring the wider sector into disrepute. Your press release, however, gives the misleading impression that most landlords fall into this category which is far from the case.”

Beadle also accuses Shelter of selectively employing industry and government data to embellish its ongoing campaign to have ‘no fault’ Section 21 notice evictions banned.

Beadle says Shelter did not mention how 75,000 Section 21 notices being issued every year is just 0.7% of total tenancies; that the long-term trend in evictions is downward and that Section 21 notices are used by landlords only because the Section 8 process is no longer fit for purpose.

“The NRLA is not opposing the Government’s plans to end Section 21,” says Beadle.

“However, as our proposals for a new system make clear, Section 21 cannot simply be scrapped without the associated reforms needed to ensure that a new system is fair and workable for both tenants and landlords.”

Read more about the issue of Section 21 notices.

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  1. and i would add that 0.7% of total tenancies ended with a s21 notice a number would be to end a tenancy where the landlord required occupation for his own or family needs, or to sell the property (letting being a temporary solution to keeping the property empty) – and this could just as well have been known to the tenant from the outset of the tenancy that it will be ended for such purposes.

    Secondly a s21 notice being used as a counter notice to the tenant’s notice to quit – a practice that is held by some to be ‘best practice’

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