0:02 AM, 16th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago 9
Renters have lost faith in the government following the delay of Section 21 evictions, according to a new survey.
The survey of more than 1,000 current tenants across England and Wales, commissioned by Benham and Reeves, reveals that 91% of renters believe the government doesn’t care about them or their quality of life.
The government recently announced plans that Section 21 will be shelved until the court system has been improved.
The ban on Section 21 evictions was first promised by Theresa May back in 2019 and Benham and Reeves found that 90% of tenants feel that it should have been implemented by now.
According to the survey, 92% of renters believe Section 21 evections will never be banned.
Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, said delaying no-fault evictions “is a step in the wrong direction”.
He said: “Section 21 evictions are certainly a contentious subject, but having been promised greater protections since 2019, you can understand why the nation’s renters have lost faith in the government when it comes to the ban on no-fault evictions.
“It’s understandably a complicated process and one that needs to be properly implemented to ensure both tenant and landlord are properly considered.
He added: “However, given that no real timescale has been provided with regard to the required court reforms, it does feel like a step in the wrong direction when it comes to renters rights.”
According to the study, only 23% of tenants feel that their living situation is secure while landlords have the ability to serve a Section 21 notice, with the prospect of such eviction causing a heightened degree of stress of anxiety for three-quarters of tenants (76%).
More than 83% of those surveyed stated that should they be evicted, they would struggle to find somewhere else to live.
A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, said: “The government will deliver a fairer private rented sector for tenants and landlords through the Renters (Reform) Bill, which is currently in the committee stage.”