From Open Rent (in the same email that covered the announcement that there will be no pet deposits):-
Halfway through September, an unexpected cabinet reshuffle happened, leaving the aforementioned Robert Jenrick demoted to the backbenches, and the experienced Michael Gove stepping into his role. Gove will have a lot on his plate: a white paper on rental reform - potentially including the scrapping of Section 21 - is set to be published this autumn.
I had been half hoping that the government has realised this is going to bite them in the posterior and would quietly let the abolition of s21 drop.
If the White Paper does include the abolition of s21 then I think this will be the end of our time as private landlords. Without s21 it is just too risky a business to be in unless you have a large number of properties and can spread the risk. We will be discussing this over the next few weeks but I think we may need to get our skates on. We had a vacancy recently and I thought then we should sell the property but we have been managing rental properties for a long time and it will be sad when we eventually have to give up and sell up.
What are other landlords thinking? Will any of you see the abolition of s21 as the final straw and pack it in?