With over 11 million private renters in England, today’s news from the Prime Minister has been welcomed and provided peace of mind for tenants all over the country. It has been announced today that the Prime Minister plans to end “no fault” evictions which has been hailed as a fantastic victory for all concerned.
The Prime Minister has said “The proposal would give renters 'long-term certainty' after consulting on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions, which allow landlords to uproot tenants with as little as eight weeks’ notice when their contract comes to an end”
What this also means is that tenants should have peace of mind when pursuing any housing disrepair issues. The changes will mean that the Landlord cannot simply evict without good reason, therefore there are more satisfactory safeguards in place for tenants should they wish to raise an issue and no tenant should feel intimidated about losing their home for raising an issue. The new system will insist that the landlord provides a concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law for ending a tenancy.
The Prime minister said “Everyone renting in the private sector has the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence. But millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification. This is wrong – and today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions. Landlords will still be able to end tenancies where they have legitimate reasons to do so, but they will no longer be able to unexpectedly evict families with only eight weeks’ notice. This important step will not only protect tenants from unethical behaviour, but also give them the long-term certainty and the peace of mind they deserve.”
This news is particularly welcomed by KLS Law as many potential clients are extremely concerned that if they raise a disrepair issue with the landlord via solicitors, they will effectively be punished by the landlord and evicted.
This boisterous and monopolising behaviour of landlords unfortunately is far too common, however the power is finally being put into the hands of the tenant and no longer do they have to suffer in silence or fear of eviction when living in a home that is not free from defect.
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, added: “Government plans to abolish no-fault evictions represent an outstanding victory for England’s 11 million private renters. This change will slam the brakes on unstable short-term tenancies and give tenants everywhere a massive boost in security, for which the government will deserve great credit.
“One in four families now privately rent their home, as do hundreds of thousands of older people. And yet, we frequently hear from people with contracts shorter than your average gym membership, who live in constant fear of being thrown out at the drop of a hat. Ending Section 21 evictions will transform these renters’ lives – giving them room to breathe and put down roots in a place they can finally call home. Getting this new legislation through parliament is critical to people being able to stay in their rented home as long as they need, so we look forward to the government passing this law as quickly as possible.”
As with any change in policy or law, there is always going to be the “naysayers” from across the dispatch box in the House of Commons, however, we firmly believe that if more control and power is given to tenants and security and peace of mind can come from this change.
Remember, if you have raised a housing disrepair issue with your landlord and the problem is not being fixed, speak to us for free legal advice on raising a claim.