Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

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13:52 PM, 16th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

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Email to Karen Buck MP re S21 Debate

Karen Buck, whose Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill is set to become law, has a backbench debate on ‘S21 and how to improve security for tenants’ on 6th December. I asked her on twitter to take into account the views of landlords as well as tenants. Her reply was ‘I am quite willing to hear other arguments. I may not agree but let’s talk.’

So, I’m going to respond by email with some information about why an outright ban on S21 would be a disaster for landlords and tenants alike.

Scotland has, of course, already abolished S21 and put this in its place: Click here

Given the inevitability of the demise of S21 in England and the likelihood of the Scottish model being adopted, do you feel the Scottish model is a reasonable alternative? If not, why not? And what important amendments would you make?

I want to include views of landlord colleagues as well as my own.

If you would like to comment directly to Karen Buck, her email is BUCKK@parliament.uk

Many thanks

Ann



Comments

Annie Landlord

12:22 PM, 19th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 18/11/2018 - 17:47
They can if the tenant accepts the S21 and moves out.

Monty Bodkin

13:30 PM, 19th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 19/11/2018 - 12:22
Annie,
Have you ever evicted a tenant using section 21 or section 8?
(I have, with and without the help of solicitors.)
Just you have made some glaringly obvious errors.

Annie Landlord

18:30 PM, 19th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Dr Rosalind Beck at 19/11/2018 - 11:53
Yes it was Ros. There were simply not enough rental homes because it was impossible for landlords to evict, so S21 was brought in. Now, when there is a huge shortage of homes again, some bright spark thinks that attacking the PRS and making the eviction of bad tenants more difficult, will somehow help more tenants to find homes.

Annie Landlord

18:31 PM, 19th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 19/11/2018 - 13:30
Yes S21. Thanks for your contribution, but I know what you're doing and I won't respond to you further Monty.

Adrian Jones

10:27 AM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

I emailed Karen Buck on Monday and have just received an automated response saying if I am not in her constituency (Westminster North) She cannot deal with my query and should raise it with my local MP.

Annie Landlord

10:34 AM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Adrian Jones at 20/11/2018 - 10:27
Ah yes I wondered about that. I will find out how to send stuff to her, as I need to send mine shortly. I also want to send it to the housing representatives for the other parties too

Dr Rosalind Beck

10:59 AM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 20/11/2018 - 10:34
One method is to write to your own MP and ask them to pass it on to her. That works for me. Although sometimes, they're not so pedantic and will correspond with you anyway.

Michael Barnes

11:25 AM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 18/11/2018 - 12:09
"No smoking"; "No pets": I have always seen these (and similar) as a basis for claim after the tenancy ends, not as a means to gain possession.

On the other hand "Not to assault the landlord" and "Not to annoy the neighbours" I see as basis for gaining possession.

Adrian Jones

11:44 AM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Annie Landlord at 20/11/2018 - 10:34
I also sent an email to the Ministry of Housing a while ago to seek advice about a tenant who had his gas supply disconnected some time ago because he hadn't paid his bill.

I need to fit a new boiler and wanted confirmation I was not going to be held liable for letting a property without heating.

Did not even receive an automated acknowledgement to that one.

Luke P

13:21 PM, 20th November 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 20/11/2018 - 11:25
They are all breach of tenancy, but none will sway a Judge...that's not to say you'd not be technically correct, but the Judge gets the final say on S.8...unlike S.21.

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