Breaking Section 21 News – The plot thickens!

by Dr Rosalind Beck

16:51 PM, 29th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Breaking Section 21 News – The plot thickens!

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Breaking Section 21 News – The plot thickens!

The plot has thickened with regard to what will happen to Section 21. Yesterday, Esther McVey made the following statement with regard to its proposed scrapping:

‘In April this year the government announced that it proposes to consult on the future of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.’

Private Rented Housing: 28 Oct 2019: Hansard Written Answers – TheyWorkForYou

There was a subtle change in the language used by McVey; away from the previously more definitive statement from Theresa May that Section 21 would definitely go, but that there would be some consultation on how it would happen.

McVey went on to say:

“Our consultation on how the new system should operate closed on 12 October. We are now carefully considering the responses received and will publish our response in due course.”

However, much to my astonishment, I saw that on the same day, Monday, that McVey said the Government is looking at the responses, the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Grender introduced in the Lords ‘The Rented Homes Bill,’ for its first reading. Click Here

It is stated that this is:

“A Bill to amend the Housing Act 1988 to abolish assured shorthold tenancies; to extend the grounds upon which landlords of residential housing may recover possession; and for connected purposes.”

What on earth is going on?

More importantly what will the Government’s response to this be?

Will they let this anti-landlord Liberal Democrat peer call the shots?

What’s more, why is the Government aligning itself with this left-wing, anti-private property rights agenda?

And above all, when will it see sense and revert to supporting the most critical tenure in this country, which in addition to providing millions of excellent homes for all kinds of people who need or want to rent, also serves as THE safety net for the homeless?



Comments

Ian Narbeth

18:07 PM, 29th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Very odd indeed. Perhaps the Lib Dems think they can get this in before an Election and get some foolish Tories to vote for it.
Baroness Grender was director of communications for Shelter. The draft Bill https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2019-2020/0034/20034.pdf is very short but clearly has been some time in the drafting. I would need to scrutinise it but at first glance it is rather simplistic. It abolishes ASTs altogether. It has a transition period so it does not apply to existing lettings retrospectively until after three years. It does not deal specifically with student lettings or HMOs. It does not appear to bring forward to s8 claims all the obstacles to s21 claims (a good thing).
I suggest landlords write to their MPs encouraging them to vote against it on the grounds, if no other, that it is premature and ignores the consultation submissions which are being reviewed.

Larry Sweeney

18:12 PM, 29th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

For some time now The government, councils and the so called housing charity Shelter which houses nobody have waged a war against private landlords. Shelter in particular thrive off the evil landlord narrative. This £60m organisation has continually called for the abolition of s21, ie the undermining of property owners rights. We can bow down and whinge and take it or we can say enough is enough. 94% of landlords do not belong to a landlord association. Is it fair that those landlords who do must fight on behalf of the silent meek majority. Our advise is simple. Do not keep swimming against the tide. We at the Alliance will battle non stop for our members but we also will impart advice that no other landlord association will dare give, for fear of losing members. We say landlords abandon the market. Look overseas at investment opportunities. Dis invest pull your funds out of uk lets. Lets give the haters what they want. Less landlords, less choice, higher rents and freeze out benefit tenants. Those landlords left standing will have a bigger better pool to choose from. The Alliance will be there to advise and battle for landlords . Lets change the market. Yes they can impose ever more draconian rules and regulations but we dont have to accept them. Instead lets give them shortages lets laugh at their ineptitude but lets do it from the sidelines and landlords lets point out daily to benefit tenants that Shelter refuse to bond them. Lets make it clear that Shelter have caused the crisis. Shelter hate the PRS. Lets give Shelter a gift. A smaller tougher tighter Prs. Lets put that so called charity into the spotlight. Lets put this organisation out of business and get their £60m put to good use housing the homeless. Landlords leave the market but if you really want to hang on, join the Alliance now.

Chris Daniel

23:08 PM, 29th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

So if I understand, the ' Govt ' publish a comment saying they [ rightly ] will study the results of the consultation, whilst the Lords actually begin to implement legislation ???
High time we stopped having Two ( opposing in many and this case ) "Houses of Government" - especially when Not elected !

MoodyMolls

6:41 AM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 29/10/2019 - 18:12
It's strange that the government has not made it a condition that if your a landlord you have to be a member of a land lord organisation.
Its a small yearly sum to join and I don't understand landlords reluctance.

I use to house mostly benefit tenants
Now I only have four. Can't afford the costs with rent arrears and damage then staying there til the bailiffs.
Below market rents on top of S24
100% council tax on empty properties.

You can trust no government and this was proven with the S24 consultation .

Ian Narbeth

9:18 AM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 29/10/2019 - 23:08Hi Chris
It's a Private Members Bill. As such it does not stand much chance of success. It will almost certainly be lost in the wash-up before the Election.

Appalled Landlord

9:49 AM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 30/10/2019 - 09:18
So it is just a publicity stunt by the LibDems, for inclusion in their election manifesto?

I wonder who drafted it. A well-known anti-landlord lawyer? An unknown lawyer from Shelter? Civil servants, under the instruction of the Minister? Civil servants, under the instruction of Generation Rent?

JJ

10:04 AM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

When the liberal democrats came out and said that there should be another referendum and people should only be allowed to vote for a deal, or remain, that made them no longer "democrats": There's nothing democratic about not allowing people to express their views in a free-vote. It's totalitarian....worthy of the Honk Kong government, not of any group of people claiming to call themselves a UK political party.

The purpose of consultation is to listen. If someone says to you "...would you like me to poke you in the eye," you say, "no thanks because it will hurt" and they say, "...well, I'm going to poke you in the eye anyway" you know that it's because they didn't give a **** about your wellbeing in the first place.

Politics in the UK is about who wins the centre ground: These people do not occupy the centre ground any more; they are pro-European, anti-democratic and left-wing.

LaLo

10:53 AM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Due to the forthcoming election I've taken a look at the Labour manifesto re' tenant 'right to buy' and there's no mention!!! Any thoughts???

Neil Patterson

14:08 PM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by LaLo at 30/10/2019 - 10:53
It wasn't in the last maifesto and it will be a couple of weeks I would think before we get the new one.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

14:41 PM, 30th October 2019
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by JJ at 30/10/2019 - 10:04
What is exactly wrong with being pro-European?

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