Lib Dem conference agenda calls for abolition of Section 21

by Property 118

9:22 AM, 12th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Lib Dem conference agenda calls for abolition of Section 21

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Lib Dem conference agenda calls for abolition of Section 21

The Liberal Democrats have released the agenda for their 2019 party conference. Click here to download.

The Party looks likely from the agenda document below to confirm support for Conservative policy of banning Section 21 and reforming the court process.

Conference notes with concern:

i) The growing numbers of people across the UK reliant upon the private rented sector for their homes, including families on low incomes or receiving benefits, single parents, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, older people, and people who are from two or more of these categories.

ii) The use of Section 21 of the Housing Act to evict private rental tenants, via a no-fault eviction, where a landlord needs to provide no reason, and needs to provide only two months’ notice, leaving the tenant to cover moving and relocation costs, irrespective of their circumstances.

iii) The impacts that no fault evictions have on those evicted, who may not have sufficient funds to find new accommodation in the time available, including forcing children to move schools, tearing people away from their friends and communities, and leaving tenants financially compromised and requiring support from the state.

iv) The impact that the threat of a no-fault eviction has on tenants who cannot plan their lives when they have no confidence where home will be in 12 months’ time or are intimidated into not complaining about disrepair or mistreatment.

v) The impact that no fault evictions have on local authorities, increasing the numbers of people they must support as a consequence of being forced into homelessness following a S21 eviction.

Conference reaffirms the Liberal Democrat commitment to:

a) Reform the private rental market to make it fairer for private renters.

b) Provide support for private renters to enable them to safely report health and safety issues in rented properties.

c) Support renters by enabling local authorities to create and maintain registers of landlords providing private rental properties for lease.

Conference calls for:

1. The abolition of S21 by reform of the Housing Act 1988.

2. The reform of court process (as has happened in Scotland) to enable landlords to have easier access to justice in the event that tenants are found to be in breach of their tenancy agreements.

3. Further work to be undertaken with tenant and landlord organisations and groups to explore the opportunities for further reform and improvement of the private rental sector, such as revising the current assured short-hold tenancy legislation to encourage the use of long-term tenancies as a standard.



Comments

Luke P

9:48 AM, 12th September 2019
About 2 months ago

I think that could be cut down to only include point 'v)'...

Dylan Morris

10:08 AM, 12th September 2019
About 2 months ago

“Support renters by enabling local authorities to create and maintain registers of landlords providing private rental properties for lease”.........Why ??

terry sullivan

11:43 AM, 12th September 2019
About 2 months ago

how many libdim mps?

Ian Narbeth

14:02 PM, 13th September 2019
About 2 months ago

The Lib Dem conference completely passed me by, as it always does. Landlords have enough to worry about without worrying about the Lib Dems.

Mark Shine

22:55 PM, 13th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 13/09/2019 - 14:02
Ian, I’m assuming you’ve actually read their current n previous manifestos, right? No political party is overtly in favour of private Lls, but it’s maybe the case of opting 4 the least bad option? In my view the sensible party is less likely to deviate from basic common sense than other alternatives?

Freda Blogs

11:36 AM, 14th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Allegedly they are going to discuss the proposal, but who will be invited to balance the debate and put the case against scrapping S21?

Chris

19:59 PM, 14th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Who should landlords vote for?

Mark Shine

19:10 PM, 15th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris at 14/09/2019 - 19:59
It’s probably best not to base such an important vote on a single issue, but if you mean which party is likely to attack private landlords and tenants the LEAST? Well… it’s probably unlikely to be labour. As to Con, LD and Brexit parties, your guess is as good as mine.

If the question was which party is likely to attack corporate landlords the least, I expect the Cons would be a fairly safe bet.

Luke P

20:26 PM, 15th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Shine at 15/09/2019 - 19:10
Based on that logic/question, I’d say The Brexit Party. It’s a 50:50 shot, but they are going to formulate policy based on member suggestions and feedback…can’t ask for better than that!!

Mark Shine

21:07 PM, 15th September 2019
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 15/09/2019 - 20:26
Yes Luke, purely on the ‘who’s less likely to crucify private LLs?’ dilemma, I was thinking either LD or Brexit party. Although I do realise they are polar opposites on the one area that is currently gripping (or dividing) the nation!

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