The government has confirmed its intention to repeal section 21 Legislation from the housing act 1988 as part of the governments drive and improvement of the rental sector as set out in the Renters’ Reform Bill 2019–20 as announced on the queens annual speech on the 19th December, the current section 21 legislation currently allows for landlords or those acting on there behalf to evict tenants without having to state a reason as to why, thus called “no fault evictions”
Now I think most of us know that most Coventry landlords and people I’ve worked with over the years wouldn’t just evict a paying just for the hell of it. If you’ve got a polite tenant who takes there responsibilities as a tenant seriously and understands what the landlord is responsible for, we have all had the self-righteous tenant who think they know the law where actually if they went about it in a different way the end result for everyone would be different and a much better outcome.
Alas it seems that the landlord has been demonised once again for the small majority of landlords that a lot of the legislation we have seen so far is out to catch the bad landlords out there
SO, what does the repealing of section 21 mean for landlords?
It will mean that you will only be able to evict a tenant if you have a legal reason to do so, it would make it rather difficult for a landlord to take possession early if they wanted to say move in themselves or wanted to sell up.
Has the government actually thought about the landlord?
Hold your horses, the government have tried to mitigate the burden of the move to repeal the section 21 by proposing reforms to the grounds for possession under the Section 8 process as part of the Renters’ Reform Bill it gives the landlords more rights to repossess the property if they have a real legitimate reason to do so, these do include new grounds for landlords to issue notice if they want to move into or sell the property, in addition to improvements to the process where the tenant breaks the terms of the tenancy.
At the time of writing this we haven’t had confirmation for a 2nd reading of the renters’ reform bill so it’s unlikely that this will come into practice and given approval till late 2020 early 2021