10:00 AM, 12th October 2022, About A year ago 26
News that the government is looking to ‘shelve’ its plans to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions has led to more organisations making their feelings known.
The report in yesterday’s Times saw several organisations expressing an opinion – and more have now joined the fray.
Alicia Kennedy, of the campaign group Generation Rent, said: “No-fault evictions mean that families can face the disruption and upheaval of moving home and often schools with just two months’ notice.
“It means unscrupulous landlords can bully tenants into accepting shoddy conditions or unaffordable rent increases. This law has no place in modern society.”
Rachael Sinclair, Nationwide’s director of Mortgages and Financial Wellbeing, said: “If the government fails to push ahead with the proposals outlined in the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper, it will miss a vital opportunity.
“Rental regulations are crying out for an overhaul and now is the time to act as the cost-of-living crisis further exacerbates the challenges facing the sector, primarily poor conditions.
“Dropping the proposals at this point is short-sighted and will only add to people’s concerns during what remains a worrying time for many.”
Osama Bhutta, the director of campaigns at Shelter, said: “Make no mistake, a government U-turn on banning no fault evictions will pour fuel on the housing emergency and make thousands homeless.
“The Prime Minister has no mandate to shred manifesto commitments and turn her back on 11 million private renters. Nor does she have the right to betray over a million households stuck on social housing waiting lists by slashing the already tiny number of social homes that get built.”
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has also expressed its anger that the Government could shelve plans to abolish no-fault evictions.
Ross Matthewman, the head of policy and campaigns, said: “This is incredibly bad news for renters.
“It’s been a long three years since the Government first announced its intention to ban no-fault evictions, and the measures outlined in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year pointed to real progress.
“Reports that these proposals could now be dropped are deeply worrying.”
However, Mary-Anne Bowring, the group managing director of property management firm Ringley Group, said: “Ending no-fault evictions will have been another blow for buy-to-let landlords, who are already facing a tightening noose of red tape and eroded returns thanks to a raft of regulatory and tax changes combined with rising interest rates.
“As a result, many are looking to sell up and leave the market, reducing the supply of available properties at a time of heightened demand.
“With a weakening sales market, rental demand is only likely to increase further.”
Tenants’ union Acorn described the plan is an ‘absolute disgrace’.
On Twitter, the group said: “The union has campaigned for section 21 evictions to be scrapped for years as part of the Renters Reform Coalition.”
The group’s vice chair Jonathan Hardy tweeted: “This is an extremely dangerous move from PM Liz Truss, which once again shows that she is just interested in looking after the richest in society.
“Acorn and the rest of the housing movement will not take this lying down. We will be mobilising to fight for the safe, secure and affordable homes everyone deserves.”
Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, the head of policy at Law Centres Network, said: “The government says that it wants to support people through the cost-of-living emergency. Its actions, however, say the opposite, and louder.
“By shelving plans to end section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, it is leaving millions of private renters to fend for themselves this winter, as bills and rents increase.”
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