The Government is gearing up to scrap Section 21 evictions in England.
There will be a consultation period on the implementation of the new policy.
- I support scrapping Section 21
- I do not support scrapping Section 21
It is thought that Section 8 evictions will be reformed at the same time, to make it easier and faster to evict tenants who breach the contract, or when the landlord wants to sell or use the home as their primary residence.
But there are concerns from landlord and industry groups that the current court system is in no state to pick up the slack if landlords relying on Section 21 are forced to use Section 8 proceedings.
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said that reforming the Section 8 process this would mean “responsible landlords can get their property back where they have proper reason to do so”.
His full statement:
By abolishing [Section 21] evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them. And this will be balanced by ensuring responsible landlords can get their property back where they have proper reason to do so.
We are making the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation. We are creating homes, opportunities and thriving communities, where people can come together and put down roots, bound by a strong sense of belonging.
Everyone has a right to the opportunities they need to build a better life. For many, this means having the security and stability to make a place truly feel like home without the fear of being evicted at a moments’ notice. We are building a fairer housing market that truly works for everyone.
The full official statement from the Government is here.
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