Landlord’s message to Angela Rayner and Generation Rent: “Banning Section 21 will leave tenants unhappy”

Landlord’s message to Angela Rayner and Generation Rent: “Banning Section 21 will leave tenants unhappy”

14:00 PM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago 30

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In a direct video addressed to Generation Rent’s Ben Twomey and Angela Rayner, Nottingham landlord Mick Roberts argues abolishing Section 21 will harm tenants.

Labour has promised to immediately ban Section 21 and clampdown on ‘unscrupulous landlords ripping off tenants with extortionate rents and lurid living conditions’.

However, Mr Roberts emphasises that abolishing Section 21 could impact tenants, pointing out that some tenants actually ask for Section 21 notices themselves.

Tired of tenants asking me for a Section 21

Mr Roberts says as a landlord he’s frustrated with tenants asking him to serve Section 21.

In the video below he says: “I get tired of tenants constantly asking for Section 21 just so they can get a council house, often after spending two years in a hostel.

“Once Section 21 is banned, I won’t have to spend hours dealing with these requests.

“I want my good tenants to stay with me forever. Once Section 21 is banned, I won’t have to keep giving them those notices every time they ask.”

Tenants can’t go the council

Mr Roberts tells Property118 that many tenants will struggle to get a place from the council.

He said: “If Section 21 is banned, tenants can’t go to the council. Instead, landlords will only be able to serve a Section 8 and if tenants go to the council they won’t offer tenants anything.”

Mr Roberts suggests that no-fault evictions can sometimes benefit tenants, as they prevent a specific reason—like antisocial behaviour or rent arrears—from being recorded.

He says: “Tenants want a no-fault eviction as they want to be able to move without a mark on their rental record. They don’t want Section 21 to be abolished as otherwise they won’t be able to move.”

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RGJ25

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7:07 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Unscrupulous landlords - does that mean usually Labour-run Local Authorities with their mouldy flats, appalling maintenance and exemption from regulations?

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7:51 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Heard Starmer on TV last night talking about "greedy landlords' getting prospective tenants to bid for properties.
Possibly some do, but due to supply and demand, with lot of landlords leaving sector for reasons we all understand, there are less properties available to rent.
(most commercial ventures would take advantage of supply and demand...think PPE...)
So surely the answer would be for Labour Party, if elected, to build more social housing immediately not abolish Section21. That would help the situation.
I think removal of Section 21 will drive more landlords out of sector so there will be even less properties available!
Here in Wales we have different rules, we have a no-fault eviction but have to give 6 months notice.

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7:59 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

The lack of understanding never ceases to amaze. This could prove to be their biggest own goal yet !. No longer will tenants be able to blag their way into social housing whilst blaming everything on everyone but themselves. To be honest , the section 21 withdrawal concerns me less than any of the other measures. From what I can tell , for any portfolio landlord who intends on holding onto their stock , the section 8 is adequate ?. I have only ever served section 21 for my tenants being in arrears or anti social behaviour. The ' no fault ' eviction tag is the biggest lie in buy to let.

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8:42 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Thank god I'm older ...buy to let is finished ...just turn them into airbnb less regulation and easier to fiddle taxes etc ....but it won't be long before before the ginger wingger and sir stammer pick up on it .....they just don't like small landlords ....we have sold lots of ours now want to be cash rich not property rich ....x

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9:32 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Trapped Landlord at 21/06/2024 - 07:59
That's it, Council's won't take em on any more with Section 8's.

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9:33 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Well said Mick.

Preventing landlords from gaining possession from a ‘bad tenant’ only serves to deny a potentially good tenant from escaping woefully inadequate, council-funded, temporary accommodation.

If the landlords wants to sell, government should not prevent vacant possession. Doing so prevents a family from potentially buying a home of their own and condemns them to the savages of the PRS forever.

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9:37 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 21/06/2024 - 09:32
That ‘rule’ could be changed. If it isn’t changed, what we’ll see is long term tenants (U.K. Nationals) losing their homes via S8 and living on the streets. This will leave more Social Housing for Councils to house migrants.

I see the plan.

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9:43 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Trapped Landlord at 21/06/2024 - 07:59
Agree, I have used section 21 twice, but If I hadn't used a 21 I would still have evicted the tenants on a section 8, which would have left the tenants with CCJs and no hope of getting another house in PRS.
Who would gain by abolishing section 21? It's a shot in the foot for Rayner I think.

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9:56 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by GARY RIVETT at 21/06/2024 - 09:43
It is a big own goal which we can see. Yet the renters love to hear it, so will vote for it.

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11:44 AM, 21st June 2024, About 3 weeks ago

“If Section 21 is banned, tenants can’t go to the council. Instead, landlords will only be able to serve a Section 8 and if tenants go to the council they won’t offer tenants anything.”
Surely this is the whole point?
It will ease the councils responsibility to home tenants and put it onto landlords. The only good thing is that bad tenants will not be housed at all so they'll get what they deserve

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