The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed its intention to bring forward significant reform to the private rented sector in the next legislative agenda. The plans include abolishing section 21 "no fault" evictions.
Section 21 evictions allow landlords to terminate tenancies (where the term has expired) without giving a reason and irrespective of whether the tenant has breached any term of the tenancy.
Property Investors argue that section 21 offers them necessary flexibility to take back their properties when landlord and tenant relationships break down without starting lengthy possession proceedings. However, tenants argue that section 21 can lead to arbitrary evictions and prevents renters from enjoying security in their homes when faced with a permanent threat of eviction.
Although the Bill promises it will strengthen the landlords’ grounds for repossession to make it easier to evict non-paying tenants many landlords will see the bill as a threat to the flexibility they currently enjoy.