Campaigners criticise five-year wait for Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions ban

Campaigners criticise five-year wait for Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions ban

9:50 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago 21

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Five years after the government vowed to abolish Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, campaigners say that ‘tens of thousands’ of households continue to face the threat of homelessness due to the policy.

The Conservative government first announced plans to outlaw Section 21 evictions in 2019.

However, a new analysis by homeless charity Homeless Link reveals that more than 84,650 households have been threatened with homelessness due to these evictions in the five years since the announcement.

This equates to an average of 52 households facing homelessness threats every day – with Section 21 evictions being a ‘major cause’ of homelessness in England.

‘Tories failure to ban no-fault evictions’

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner told The Mirror: “The Tories failure to ban no-fault evictions is an utter betrayal of renters across Britain.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been put at risk of homelessness since that hollow promise five years ago.

“There are kids now in school that weren’t even born when the Tories first promised this.”

She added: “Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives always choose party before country, it is in their DNA. Only Labour will immediately ban no fault evictions, no ifs no buts.”

‘Not right that someone can be evicted from their home for no reason’

Home Link’s chief executive, Rick Henderson, said: “Everyone deserves a safe, secure place to live. It is clearly not right that someone can be evicted from their home for no reason with just two months’ notice.

“The government identified this in 2019, but its inaction has led to tens of thousands of households unnecessarily facing homelessness.

“A huge shortage of genuinely affordable housing means when a household approaches their local authority with a Section 21 notice, and the local authority has a statutory duty to help them. Often all they can do is try to keep them in that property, find them another private rented property or, as a last resort, place them in temporary accommodation at huge expense.”

He added: “Those who the local authority doesn’t have a duty to support tragically often end up sleeping rough.”

‘Watering down of the Renters (Reform) Bill will be devastating’

Mr Henderson continued: “The reported watering down of the Renters (Reform) Bill will be devastating for renters and local authorities across the country.

“The Government proved in the pandemic that it can take decisive action on this issue.

“It must now stand up to its back benchers and pass the Bill without the leaked amendments, fulfilling its now five-year-old promise.”

The charity claims that there are currently a record number of households, including more than 100,000 children, living in temporary accommodation.

It also says that the number of eviction threats peaked between April and June 2023, with a 37% increase compared to the same period in 2019.

‘Government have played politics on this issue’

The campaign manager at the Renters’ Reform Coalition, Tom Darling, said: “The delays as the government have played politics on this issue, making concessions to water down protections for renters, have led to real human suffering and damage – as evidenced by the nearly 100,000 private renting households who have faced homelessness following Section 21 notices.

“That’s not to mention millions of other renters who have been evicted but haven’t ended up calling their local authority to report that they are at risk of being out in the cold.”

A DLUHC spokesperson said: “We are committed to delivering our landmark Renters (Reform) Bill that will provide a fairer private rented sector for both tenants and landlords.

“The bill will abolish section 21 evictions – giving people more security in their homes and empowering them to challenge poor practices.”


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christine walker

10:12 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

The reason tenants find themselves homeless in the majority of cases is because of rent arrears, unsociable behaviour, or neglecting the property. As a landlord I like my tenants to stay in a property as long as they abide by these terms.

Mick Roberts

10:12 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

When are these people going to get it, if u stop a person having his property back FOR WHATEVER REASON, then that person won't give you the property in the first please.
We are surrounded by Dimwits.

Harry

10:18 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

They state:
"more than 84,650 households have been threatened with homelessness due to these evictions in the five years since the announcement" "as evidenced by the nearly 100,000 private renting households who have faced homelessness following Section 21 notices"
Why does the NRLA not confirm or deny these statements?
Has any work ever been done on collating what the reasons for section 21 evictions really were a result of ?

Philip Westlake

10:49 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Getting your property back at the present time is pretty hard work I recently put in accel poss order under sec 21 as I needed the property back pronto judge threw it out as tenant complained that gas safety check was 2 weeks late something I have no control over, my advice is get out now if you can befor labour get in, or keep twelve to eighteen months rent plus legal bills in your bank account per property.

Cathie

10:57 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Please put me right as I can’t see why they want the removal of S21. I can see why the Councils want it. Surely they will only have a duty to house the very few who are evicted for actual no fault?

Cider Drinker

11:03 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Cathie at 15/04/2024 - 10:57
The government, supported by so-called charities, wants to end Section 21 because when tenants are evicted via Section 8, they are often considered ‘intentionally homeless’.

The Local Authority no longer needs to house tenants that are intentionally homeless and this means the LA has a better chance of housing migrants.

Many tenants are being issued with Section 21 because landlords NEED to sell up. Section 24 and ridiculous over- regulation makes BTL unprofitable. In many cases, landlords make a loss when they can use their money to make a safer gain elsewhere.

The lunatics are running the asylum. That’s quite handy for those seeking asylum.

christine walker

11:07 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Dread the thought of Labour getting in

GlanACC

11:20 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Issuing S21 doesn't make someone homeless (it should be a signal to the local authority that they will be homeless) as they will sit it out until the bailiffs come a knocking

Michael Booth

11:55 AM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

There is no such thing has a no fault eviction, there is always a reason . Owner wishes to sell for example.one thing atenant doesn't want is a section 8 eviction with a specified reason like non payment of rent, anti social behaviour and alike , they will be perminatly homeless l suggest.

GlanACC

12:11 PM, 15th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Booth at 15/04/2024 - 11:55
Yes, in fact all the government has to do (and I am sure all parties would agree) is that a reason is given for issuing the S21, how much legislation would be needed to introduce that

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