Croydon Council Support S21 Ban

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14:13 PM, 17th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Croydon Council Support S21 Ban

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Croydon Council Support S21 Ban

I have just read that Croydon Council ( who I believe are Labour) have become the first council to support the scrapping of the Section 21 no fault eviction.

A council member stated “With Croydon having lost around 70% of its budget since 2010, we are struggling to deal with the scale of this problem, and it is unacceptable that private landlords are able to evict vulnerable tenants so easily, leaving the public sector to pick up the bill.”

I appreciate that this alters nothing, but I can see this snowballing, they probably fail to realise that the landlord licensing and S24 kicking in, is enough for some landlords to be leaving, hence the S21’s.

So I imagine if this every happens, we will see a sharp rise of S8’s?

Andy


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Seething Landlord

12:00 PM, 18th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by JB at 18/10/2018 - 10:48
I have been reflecting on this since my previous post. The obvious response would be "if there is a valid reason for wanting to end a tenancy, why not use S8 which gives you all the grounds that Parliament considered appropriate when passing the legislation?"
There are benefits for landlord and tenant if S21 is used. The tenant does not end up with a CCJ and will often escape having to settle rent arrears unless the landlord is prepared to risk throwing good money after bad by starting a separate action, particularly if he just walks away quietly on or before the date specified in the notice rather than waiting for a court order/bailiffs. The landlord benefits by incurring no costs if the tenant just leaves and if not, from the quicker, cleaner and more certain legal process.
Apart from these, what are the arguments in favour of retaining S21 or are they sufficient to convince the opponents? What would need to be added to S8 to make abolition of S21 acceptable? What view would mortgage providers take?

Steve Masters

13:43 PM, 18th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Croydon Council say "... it is unacceptable that private landlords are able to evict vulnerable tenants so easily, leaving the public sector to pick up the bill.”

I say "it is unacceptable that the public sector are able to avoid their responsibility to house vulnerable tenants so easily, leaving the private landlord to pick up the bill."

Appalled Landlord

16:21 PM, 18th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Alison Butler, Croydon Council cabinet member for Homes & Gateway Services and deputy leader, who proposed the motion, said: “The biggest cause of homelessness in Croydon is evictions in the private rental sector.”
https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/10/croydon-becomes-first-council-to-support-campaign-to-scrap-section-21

Shelter knows different
https://www.property118.com/shelters-website-says-section-21-not-cause-homelessness/#

Dr Rosalind Beck

16:36 PM, 18th October 2018
About 2 years ago

They should say 'the most important solution to homelessness is obtaining a tenancy in the private rented sector.'

AJ

8:23 AM, 19th October 2018
About 2 years ago

Is the fee for tackling antisocial behaviour in addition to the licence fee in Croydon?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33906533

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