Polly Neate – “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice”

Polly Neate – “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice”

8:47 AM, 27th April 2022, About 2 years ago 60

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Shelter’s latest one-sided propaganda continues to pile pressure on calls to ban Section 21 eviction notices with their press release stating:

“Every seven minutes a private renter in England is handed a Section 21 no-fault eviction notice by their landlord, new research from Shelter shows. This gives tenants just two months to leave their home and the landlord does not need to give any reason for evicting them.

Nearly 230,000 private renters have been served with a formal no-fault eviction notice since the government first committed to scrap this unfair form of eviction in April 2019. This is despite an eviction ban being in place for 14 months of this three-year period due to the pandemic.

Shelter is urging the government to deliver on its long overdue promise to scrap no-fault evictions as new figures from the charity’s YouGov poll reveal a quarter of all private renters (2.8 million people) have had three or more private rented homes in the last five years. The figure for renting families with children is one in five (320,000 families). Based on these findings and what it sees in its frontline services, Shelter is concerned about the destabilising impact on children of constantly having to move.

Losing a private tenancy is the second biggest cause of homelessness in England, and the cost-of-living crisis could push even more private renters to the brink. In the coming months, many renters could increasingly struggle to cover the cost of being forced to find a new home, like putting down a deposit or paying rent in advance, following a no-fault eviction.

In the Queen’s Speech next month, Shelter wants the government to honour its pledge to deliver a Renters’ Reform Bill this year to make private renting fairer and safer for all. The bill must include banning Section 21 no-fault evictions to give renters greater security in their homes.”

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “It’s appalling that every seven minutes another private renter is slapped with a no-fault eviction notice despite the government promising to scrap these grossly unfair evictions three years ago. It’s no wonder many renters feel forgotten.

“Millions of private renters are living in limbo, never truly able to settle, in case their landlord kicks them out on a whim. It’s a well-founded fear as our frontline services support renters all the time who are scrambling to find a home after being told to up sticks with just two months’ notice.

“With inflation and bills skyrocketing, renters desperately need a secure home as many will struggle to stump up the costs of having to move unexpectedly. To give private renters stability during a time of deep uncertainty, the government must introduce a Renters’ Reform Bill that bans no-fault evictions this year. Anything less would be a kick in the teeth for England’s 11 million private renters.”

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10:40 AM, 28th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by ImpartialObserver at 27/04/2022 - 17:46
I have tried to sell with tenants in situ. It limits the market even more as most landlords want vacant possession as most mortgage companies will not lend with tenants in situ. It not a matter of making money, its a matter of ensuring I can sell without losing more money. In the end the tenants left without me giving notice due to the uncertainty of what the new landlord would be like,


11:15 AM, 28th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by ImpartialObserver at 27/04/2022 - 17:46Reply to Impartial Observer who doesn't know why you might want to sell a property vacant.
Say you had a desirable family home worth £500k. You decide to let the place for 2 years, discuss that with the tenants and they move in on that basis, 2 years go by and now you want to sell. However the tenants now don't want to leave. Should you s21 and get back your £500k house to sell to the whole market for say £500k or to a restricted investor only market for about £450k? (I am reckoning probably at least a 10% hit - I actually bought a £200k house for £170k a few years back because the tenants wouldn't leave.)
So why would the house be worth less? Let's do a car analogy: You have a highly desirable £20k classic car that you want to sell. There are a couple of comparable classics out there for the same price. Imagine trying to sell it when the buyer calls you and you say the following:-
"It's a really good car but actually I lent it to my mate Dave a year ago. He really wanted and needed it and agreed to pay me £800 for the year. He did say he would give it back to me after the year but unfortunately he has decided now that he won't and is going to hold on to it. It's fine though, you can buy it but Dave will keep hold of it and pay you the £800 a year instead. All you will have to do it tax it, mot it and generally maintain it for him and unfortunately you won't actually be able to use the car. I can assure you that Dave is a nice guy though. Would you like to do an online viewing and hopefully buy it? "
In summary, selling with a tenant in situ might be fine for a low end homogenous studio/1 bed typical for your standard investor, but probably a real hit on a desirable family home.

Joe Armstrong

20:00 PM, 28th April 2022, About 2 years ago

We're all wasting our time commenting on this issue on this particular forum. Its only being read by like-minded people who are painfully aware of the landlord witch-hunting of recent years and the blatant manipulation of statistics by ill-informed (at best) or horribly biased journalists.

Seething Landlord

21:18 PM, 28th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Joe Armstrong at 28/04/2022 - 20:00
How do you know who is reading the comments?

Mick Roberts

8:13 AM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Wait till they see even less houses to rent for the Benefit tenants if/once Section 21 is banned. Another I told u so moment.

Grossly unfair
Up sticks
Bills skyrocketing
Kick in the teeth

She's good with attack & sympathy words, I'll give her that. However she knows NOTHING of trying to keep Benefit tenants in their homes with acceptable rents. She only knows how to advise tenants to stay in houses that Landlord wants back even if tenant not paying & wrecking house. Which then takes another Landlord out of housing her people once he gets his house back.


8:50 AM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

I just gone though a section 21 on my last house. Tenant seemed to be an idea tenant. But because of Shelters lobbying government and M Gove standing up in the commons stating he plans to remove section 21 , I decided that my 25 years of a landlord had to end .
It's was my money invested on those properties not Shelters.
My letting agent has lost over 30% of his landlords in last 2 years.
So people and charities who get involved with housing your words have conscientious.
You are the reason why there is a section 21 every 7 seconds . Landlords are leaving.
So well done

Old Mrs Landlord

10:17 AM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

This excercise in emotive and slanted language is based on a Yougov survey of only 1,029 tenants of whom 2% had received a Section 21 in the past three years. Even in sizeable samples 2% is not statistically significant so this data is pretty much meaningless. There does not appear to have been any investigation into how many of these 2% were actually issued to faultless tenants.


13:59 PM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

As in so many spheres, I think we need to correct the terminology employed; from the gov.uk website:

"Section 21 notice of seeking possession

You can use a Section 21 notice to evict your tenants either:

after a fixed term tenancy ends - if there’s a written contract
during a tenancy with no fixed end date - known as a ‘periodic’ tenancy"

As has become commonplace with even government sources, the TRUE definition of something has been obfuscated with a catchy soundbite to mean something else.

The second line of the above quote uses the politically advantageous meaning of "eviction notice" which an S21 is not, the only thing that a S21 notice is does is to INFORM the tenant that the end of the mutually agreed tenancy period is coming to an end and that repossession may be sought by legal means in the event of their not returning vacant possession which is THEIR contractural obligation, we should not fall into the trap of being painted as villains and should correct those who do so at every opportunity, this battle may be lost but the war will continue.

Claire Smith

17:28 PM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 27/04/2022 - 14:31
I hope you don't mind that I pinched this for a comment on Shelter's Facebook page.

Claire Smith

17:31 PM, 30th April 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Joe Armstrong at 28/04/2022 - 20:00
I am not the only landlord who does visit Shelter's Facebook page to put calm and sensible explanations. I do also sometimes try to help tenants who are having difficulties. Shelter asked me to be one of the landlords that I work with, but I said that I was too busy for this (didn't add that I don't trust them but....) Maybe more landlords could do join the discussions?

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