‘A new deal for renting’ – Section 21 consultation

‘A new deal for renting’ – Section 21 consultation

11:59 AM, 22nd July 2019, About 3 years ago 11

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have now published details of its consultation into views on implementing the highly controversial decision to ban Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds. The consultation closes 11:45pm on 12/10/19.

Details of the Consultation: 

“The government is committed to modernising the rented sector, and intends to introduce a new, fairer deal for both landlords and tenants.

On 15 April 2019, the government announced that it will put an end to so called ‘no-fault’ evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under the new framework, a tenant cannot be evicted from their home without good reason. This will provide tenants with more stability, protecting them from having to make frequent moves at short notice, and enabling them to put down roots and plan for the future.

The government also proposed to strengthen the section 8 eviction process, so landlords are able to regain their property should they wish to sell it or move into it themselves. This will provide a more secure legal framework and a more stable rental market for landlords to remain and invest in.

This consultation seeks views on how section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 has been used in the past, and the circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain possession once it has been abolished, including what changes may be necessary to the existing grounds for possession in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988.

We are also inviting views on the implications of removing the ability of landlords to grant assured shorthold tenancies in the future, how the processing of repossession orders through the courts could be improved, and whether the reforms should be extended to other types of landlords, most notably, to housing associations.”

Ways to respond

Email: TenancyReform@communities.gov.uk

Write to:

Private Rented Sector Strategy and Reform Division
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Third Floor, South West – Fry Building
2 Marsham Street


Seething Landlord

13:57 PM, 22nd July 2019, About 3 years ago

So much for the lobbying for a specialist housing court as a prerequisite to the removal of S21 - totally ignored by Government.

Some proposed changes to the level of rent arrears which will be marginally better than the current S8 requirements but still inadequate protection against tenants determined to live rent free.

No suggestion of how to deal with the misery of low level anti social behaviour - neighbours will just have to put up with it. Gathering sufficient evidence to persuade a judge that eviction is justified will be nigh on impossible.

Paul Essex

15:57 PM, 22nd July 2019, About 3 years ago

I was most shocked that landlords could have to take rent arrears to court FOUR times before they are guaranteed to get possession. I know who will have to pay for all that as well.


15:51 PM, 23rd July 2019, About 3 years ago

"fairer deal for both landlords and tenants" whers the fairness for Landlords.

Dr Rosalind Beck

17:48 PM, 23rd July 2019, About 3 years ago

I just completed the consultation - you have to leave a good hour to tell them what you think of all this nonsense.

I was surprised that they intend to not make it retrospective. I thought that they would spring it on us overnight. I wouldn't be surprised however if this is a lie in order to catch us all out. What a disgrace that we have to think like this and can't trust our own Government to behave in a decent and moral way.

Carla mason

21:29 PM, 24th July 2019, About 3 years ago

I have written to my MP Dominic Raab on the subject. He won't comment.
Wrote to Heather Wheeler at the Housing Ministry again no comment. So much for MPs working for their constituents as stated by our out going Prime Minister.
The Conservative government introduced section 21 legislation and now wants to repeal it. It will return the PRS to pre 1988 and kill it. I have only used section 21 for beaches of the tenancy agreement. At present I have a tenant who has driven out a tenant of 12 years, because of noise and antisocial behaviour. Next door neighbours have also complained to me, but are too frightened to complain to the Council in case they are assaulted. I have left the ground floor flat vacant so not to put another tenant in the same position. Council officer visits my office to see why the noticed as been issued and is shocked by the recordings of noise sent to us. Advises us that he has told the tenant to sit tight until the bailiff arrives and asks if we have any flats empty. Yes the one below the tenant we are evicting - laughs.
I will just take even more care on who I let to in future, no more giving some tenants 'a go'.
This Government has been more anti private rented sector than the last labour government and just can't be trusted.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

9:56 AM, 26th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Carla mason at 24/07/2019 - 21:29
I have actually written to my Conservative MP regarding Section 21 and received a reply from her as well as a letter from Heather Wheeler addressed to my MP and me. No doubt standard reply, however I am happy to share it with the forum. It came by normal post and I can only supply a pdf copy. Any idea how to do it? Thank you.

Carla mason

21:32 PM, 26th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Does the letter you received refer to Kit Malthouse in the first line
and has part of the date crossed out, but otherwise sent in May 2019

Freda Blogs

7:22 AM, 27th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 26/07/2019 - 09:56Whiteskifreak: do you have a Dropbox or similar cloud storage account? You could put the pdf document into there and then generate a link to it (google how to if you’re unfamiliar) which you can post up here in the forum. People will then be able to click on the link and see the document.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

9:58 AM, 27th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Carla mason at 26/07/2019 - 21:32
No, it is addeessed to my MP who contacted her on my behalf. Specifically relates to corespondence from my MP, dated June 2019.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:11 AM, 27th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Freda Blogs at 27/07/2019 - 07:22
Hi Freda, I think I might have something like that. Will post here. Alternatively I can scan and email to Admin, who perhaps could help?

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