REACTION: Truss confirms no-fault evictions ban will go ahead

The Prime Minister tells MPs the Government is committed to ensuring Section 21 notices will be abolished.

Liz Truss

Prime Minister Liz Truss has dismissed reports that the Government was going to drop a ban on Section 21 no-fault evictions.

She told the House of Commons she was not going back on a promise to stop landlords being able to use Section 21 notices.

Reports yesterday had suggested ministers were going to U-turn on a commitment in the recent Renters Reform White Paper to abandon the notices.

Reassure renters

In reponse to a question from a Labour MP during PMQs about whether she can reassure tenants that the Government will end no fault evictions, she simply said: “I can.”

Graham Stringer had asked: “Going back on the commitment to end no fault evictions is an act of extreme callousness. Can the Prime Minister reassure the 11 million private renters in this country that she will carry out the commitment to get rid of no fault evictions.”

The DLUHC had earlier refused to deny a report in The Times that the Section 21 ban was going to be reversed.

Ben Beadle NRLA
Ben Beadle, CEO, NRLA

Ben Beadle of the National Association of Residential Landlords, says: ” The Prime Minister’s comments simply confirm the position we were in just a few days ago.

“To have unnamed sources flying kites in the press [on Tuesday] about a potential U-turn on a long-established Government policy was both unhelpful and counterproductive.

“The NRLA will continue to work with the Government to ensure the new system for repossessing properties is both fair and workable for responsible landlords and tenants.”

rachel sinclair
Rachael Sinclair, Director of Mortgages and Financial Wellbeing, Nationwide

Nationwide’s Rachael Sinclair, says: “It is encouraging to have received reinforced commitment from the Prime Minister that the ban on no fault evictions will proceed.

“We look forward to working with Government and others to deliver this reform although still seek clarity on the future of the remaining proposals outlined in the Fairer Private Rented Sector white paper. At a time many households are struggling, renters and landlords deserve clarity on this issue and we look forward to this being implemented as soon as practical.”



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