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16 April 2019

Government proposes sweeping changes to tenant evictions

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP has announced a new consultation on proposals to end “no fault’ evictions under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act. The changes are set to prevent private landlords from evicting tenants at short notice and without good reason. 

There are estimated to be upwards of 4 million households now renting. No doubt this will be a welcome relief for hard pressed families. 

However, with ever increasing numbers relying on the private rented sector, these changes could have unintended consequences. The Residential Landlord’s Association warns that this may impact the supply of rented housing, particularly to vulnerable tenants.  Will landlords invest in new homes if they cannot take back possession easily?

This announcement comes just before the Tenant Fees Act takes effect on 1 June 2019.

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