End Section 21 petition gets nearly 50,000 signatures

by Property 118

9:43 AM, 23rd July 2018
About 11 months ago

End Section 21 petition gets nearly 50,000 signatures

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End Section 21 petition gets nearly 50,000 signatures

A petition supported by the pressure group Generation Rent to “Scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, otherwise known as no-fault evictions” has nearly reached its target of 50,000 signatures.

The 38 Degrees petition is to be sent to the new Housing Minister James Brokenshire.

This would leave private Landlords very little control over their properties and business, reversing the law change that allowed the PRS to take up the slack for council housing that was being sold off and not replaced.

The petition states:

“Right now families in rented homes can be kicked out with just two months notice – without any valid reason. Some end up sharing a single room in temporary accommodation while others have to move miles away from their children’s schools. It’s unfair and its perfectly legal

England is one of the only countries in Europe that allows people to be evicted without private landlords having to give a reason. The threat of being kicked out without doing anything wrong causes insecurity and stress for millions of familes, and makes people suffering shoddy housing scared to complain.

The Scottish government has already acted to protect private tenants by restricting no-fault evictions there. Right now, the government is looking at how they can make renting more secure in England. They could change the law, so people who rent can only be evicted if there’s a valid reason. It’d mean millions of families will have the security of knowing they won’t be forced to move at a moments notice.

We call on the UK government to give renters in England stability and certainty in their homes by abolishing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.”

Click here to view the petition



Comments

Trish

9:02 AM, 29th July 2018
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 23/07/2018 - 10:08
Yes please! I'll certainly sign it. In 14 years as a (hopefully good) landlord, I've only had to use Section 21 on one occasion - this was because I needed to sell the property. I don't think any of us do it on a whim - who would want to get rid of a good tenant without good reason? However, although there is an emotional issue here for the tenant - this is their home after all - we are the ones that actually own the property. We wouldn't expect to have the right to keep indefinitely anything else that we had hired from, but which belonged to another person.

Gromit

9:30 AM, 29th July 2018
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Trish at 29/07/2018 - 09:02
With average tenacies lasting 4+ years the only tenants clamouring for 3 year tenancies are the rogue tenants who keep on being evicted.

They should try being an owner-occupier and stop payjng their mortgage for a few months to see how secure that is!

Mark Alexander

11:24 AM, 30th July 2018
About 11 months ago

I have started a petition on 38 degrees - please sign and share.

LINK >>> https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/competition-will-increase-the-quality-of-housing-of-all-tenures

Trish

12:35 PM, 30th July 2018
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 30/07/2018 - 11:24
Thanks Mark. Signed and shared on Facebook

Mandy Thomson

16:57 PM, 30th July 2018
About 11 months ago

Reply to the comment left by sam at 23/07/2018 - 11:02
I often advise landlords for a landlord member organisation. The other advisers and I often advise using s.21 (if available) even where there are sufficient grounds - simply because it is easier and less painful for both landlord and tenant (normally no hearing and tenant gets 2 months notice as opposed to 2 weeks).

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