Trade association Propertymark has made an unusually strong criticism of claims made this week by Shelter that the private rented sector is ‘broken’.
The group released its interpretation of government evictions data to claim that a tenant has been served a Section 21 eviction notice every seven minutes over the past three years, arguing that this form of eviction makes tenants feel insecure.
This is despite official data also showing that Section 21 evictions have been, overall, in decline.
Earlier this week the National Residential Landlords Association accused Shelter of using the government data to ‘scaremonger’ ahead of the expected Renters’ Reform Bill, details of which are expected to revealed next month.
“Shelter’s relentless campaign is not representative of the private rented sector,” says Propertymark CEO Nathan Emerson (main picture).
“They state that 2% of private renters were aware they had received a section 21 in the last three years meaning that 98% had not. Research shows that most tenancies are in reality ended by the tenant.
“When a landlord is faced with mounting arrears, anti-social behaviour, refusal to give access or property damage the current grounds for possession are ineffective and in a situation of last resort a section 21 is often the quickest and most effective way to resolve the situation.
“Furthermore, a landlord facing £20,000 of arrears would still be due to pay court fees to seek possession if they do not use a section 21.
“A tenancy is a contract between two parties and the contract must serve to protect both tenants and landlords, but seeking to erode fair rights of the property owner will do nothing to support tenants.”