Protestors gather outside Michael Gove’s home to demand an end to Section 21

Protestors gather outside Michael Gove’s home to demand an end to Section 21

9:47 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago 36

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The London Renters Union has been slammed as a ‘rabble rousing group’ by the NRLA’s chief executive Ben Beadle after it protested outside the home of housing secretary Michael Gove.

On X/Twitter, the Union said: “We’re outside of Gove’s front door serving him a GIANT EVICTION NOTICE!

“Gove has shown more interest in protecting landlord profit than protecting families from homelessness.

“It’s time to kick the landlord lobby & their mates in government out!”

The event coincided with the fifth anniversary of the introduction of the Renters (Reform) Bill.

‘People are being forced out of their homes’

Its statement continued: “While Gove lives rent-free in a £25 million grace-and-favour luxury home near Buckingham palace, 100,000s of people are being forced out of their homes from section 21.

“We’ve had enough of broken Tory promises.

“End section 21 now!”

The giant sign the protestors carried said:

Eviction Notice: Dear Michael Gove,

“England’s 11 million renters need control back over their homes.

“It’s time to kick out the landlord lobby and put renters first.”

‘Solution that gives renters security and landlords confidence’

But Ben Beadle the National Residential Landlords Association hit back on X/Twitter: “I think Michael Gove has been trying to find a sensible solution that gives renters security and landlords confidence. Any other outcome will dramatically worsen the situation for renters.

“The reality is, #rentalreform will not resolve the substantive issue at play that these folk complain about: high rents and under supply of homes. New homes of all tenures and pro-growth tax measures will.

“The sooner rabble rousing groups that find it acceptable to drop in to MP’s homes realise that pragmatism and practical solutions must trump nonsense ideologies, the better.”

Landlords using a ‘cruel’ section 21 notice

The Union put up another video of ‘Natasha’ who complained yesterday that people are being evicted by landlords using a ‘cruel’ section 21 notice.

She complains that tenants who can’t pay their rent are ‘slapped with a section 21 notice.’

Mr Beadle said: “I am sympathetic to the plight of #renters – but this issue is being conflated. The lady herself gives the example of not paying rent and being ‘slapped with a section 21’.

“So, ignoring the fact it is not a ‘no fault eviction’ and very much a ‘fault’ if you have arrears – the real issue complained about is unaffordability. This will only be resolved by:

– increasing housing supply of homes to rent, social and private

– pro-growth tax measures that encourage investors to remain and invest

– an annual uprating of LHA

“The reality is that abolishing section 21 will not help with any of this.”

‘More homeless than we currently have’

One Landlord responded to the London Renters Union with: “Ending S21 now without court reform will see far more homeless than we currently have, you don’t seem to realise just how hot the fire you’re playing with is!”

And Cash Flow King said: “You want control then you save up and buy ur own homes. Without Landlords there will be 11 million homeless then you’ll have something to cry about.”

If you have an X/Twitter account, this is a video of the protest:

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10:01 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Has Ben actually stood up for us? Reading this I'm actually pleased with the response as what the "rabble rousers" are saying is complete tosh. 100,000s... So what happened to the hundered thousand homes? Demolished?

I spoke with the NRLAs customer relations team and expressed my dissatisfaction and linked to them to articles on forums where more than a few expressed their displeasure with the stance of the NRLA.

If others who are still members, as I am, do the same then perhaps we can point them in the direction we'd like. I did plan to cancel my membership before renewal in November (no point now as I'll lose access and not have any rebate).


10:06 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

They're idiots

Unfortunately don't understand the issue fully

Markella Mikkelsen

10:10 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

“England’s 11 million renters need control back over their homes".

And that's the problem - it;s not THEIR homes. It's MY home. I worked 15 hour days while you sat on the sofa. I saved the money while you spent yours on tatoos and takeaways. I took the risks while you wanted an cushy life. I pay for all your repais and maintenance, I pay the mortgage. If it was your home, you would not trash it the way you do.


10:13 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

I think it's great, it highlights the kind of riff raff that landlord have to put up with. The more demos outside his house the better

Herr Volvo

10:38 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Precisely MM. This is what some of my previous tenants could not understand. Work ethics. KW


10:41 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Markella Mikkelsen at 16/04/2024 - 10:10
That demand says it all! They expect the government to give them control over someone else's property.

The government won't abolish leasehold, despite England & Wales being the remaining countries in the world to have it. Their argument? It's against the freeholder's human rights! What about the leaseholder's human rights, which the law allows the freeholder to walk all over.

Ryan Stevens

10:52 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Are they going to wait outside whilst it takes a year and thousands of pounds to get him out?

And then what, will the local council be paying for him to be rehoused, at the taxpayer's expense?

Smart move London Renters Union.


10:54 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Very valid comments from all concerned here. Let's hope the government does not cave in to 11 million potential votes, but do they honestly think these people will vote for them if they get their way.
As for leasehold and human rights it's one rule for them and another for us.


11:14 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

They are turkeys voting for Christmas.
Their tomfoolery is serving them well and showing their true colours.


11:15 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Sounds like a false flag event, enough of those around;this appears to be the statist Marxists employing the popular Marxists to move forward the agenda of property deprivation.

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