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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11:25 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David at 16/04/2024 - 10:54
Politicians will always go where the votes are! This could be a free-kick for the Tories, knowing they are about to be destroyed. Usher in renter reforms [with Labour's agreement], accelerate landlords exiting the sector, increased illegal migration and asylum, no social housing, and it lands Labour with an almighty problem from day 1.

Herr Volvo

11:52 AM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

This nanny state has got itself into a right mucking fuddle !

Ian Narbeth

12:10 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

The London Renters Union think “It’s time to kick the landlord lobby & their mates in government out!”
With mates like those in Government, landlords don't need enemies. The tenant lobby have had their wish for years and things have got worse for renters. Draconian tax laws, the threat of 5 years in prison for letting to illegal immigrants, the banning of reasonable fees, courts that bend over backwards to find against landlords and now the abolition of s21 is imminent. That will be very bad for tenants and the lobby groups will, let us hope, learn the truth of the saying: "Be careful what you wish for!" Sadly, tenants with CCJs for rent arrears will be excluded from the PRS. Victims of antisocial tenants will be told the landlord can do %$?!% all about it unless they are prepared to risk their lives giving evidence against a violent neighbour. What a mess!

Anne Nixon

12:14 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Just as aside, it's not a good look for a landlord to make a public comment calling himself, "Cashflow King" and that comment is inflammatory as well.
We're already public enemy number 1 as it is without being tactless as well.

Paul Smith

12:28 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

In 4 years bailiffs have evicted 26,000 from houses in the UK, some of these are social tenants but there are nearly 5m privately rented homes. This is around 6,000 evictions out of 5m homes a year roughly 1 in 1000 tenancies. Remember that obnoxious person in you class at school would you rent to them. There is no score for being unreasonable on the tenancy app and the first six months gave the landlord a chance to assess. Those who choose to evict for no reason cost themselves thousands of pounds for no reason - odd that - don't you think?

It is reported 35% of landlords are owed arrears that's millions of people.

In the last four years 180,000 prisoners have been released from their average two year sentence. Whilst most are reported to reoffend it is hardly surprising people are evicted under no fault. There are many who simply deceive on their application or live in a way that causes the landlord intolerable stress.

This sector and the bullying of landlords will lose hundreds of thousands of rental properties. The courts do not act quickly enough to save landlords from thousands of pounds of losses - this is not justice

If only 6,000 are being evicted, the government should find them homes rather than bully landlords.


13:18 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 16/04/2024 - 12:10
So much of what is going on in housing is political activism, in the belief that the Tories are no good and Labour will make it all right if they can just get rid of the Tories.

Well, good luck with that theory!

Once Starmer gets his feet under the No10 table, renters will realise Labour is no different. Then what? They'll have years until they can effect change, but to what, to whom? Unless Reform really can make a splash, there is no political choice for change.

Cider Drinker

15:30 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

These people are misguided on a number of fronts.

Section 21 isn’t the problem. The problem is that lots of landlords want tenants to leave their home.

The question is, why do landlords want their tenants to leave? After all, without tenants, landlords don’t exist. They just become owners of empty properties and council tax, insurance and utility bills still need to be paid. I think landlords want to evict bad tenants, those that cannot or will not pay, anti-social tenants. Maybe the landlord wants (or needs) to sell up in the face of higher interest rates and vindictive taxes (I know I do).

If they want to stop landlords wanting their properties back, they should encourage them through the tax system. At the moment, it’s all stick and no carrot.

Another reason that these people are misguided is that our democracy doesn’t work in the manner they seem to think. The RRB is progressing through the system. However, MPs and the House of Lords will have many points to raise. I think it will run out of time in this Parliament.

Causing harassment to an elected member of Parliament, even one so universally hated as Gove, is not the way to garner support.

Cider Drinker

15:34 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Markella Mikkelsen at 16/04/2024 - 10:10
It is the tenant’s home. It may be my property but it certainly isn’t my home.

If the tenant abides by the terms of the contract and if it remains a sound investment, it will remain their home.

If they break the terms of our agreement (AST) or if government interference makes my investment unattractive, the tenants will lose their homes.

Neil Robb

16:56 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

If sec 8 for rent arrears or antisocial behaviour were mandatory .
Realistically how often would sec 21 be used.
Prime example today . I got email from agent tenant would only agree to £50 increase but insists on new carpets new work top and flat upgraded. so they want thousands spent to increase £50.
This tenant was paying only £300 for two years increased to £350 . Lha rates are £425 .
There is two engineers living there so salaries are very good.
I hope they do move as I can then use the flat .

Anne Nixon

16:57 PM, 16th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Cider Drinker at 16/04/2024 - 15:30
It's a real pity that a S21 came to be known erroneously as a "no fault eviction".
As we know, a S21 was very rarely that.
Setting up a new tenancy is really expensive (it costs me a full months rent in fees to the agent, plus the CT and utility bills during the void time). I would never dream of evicting anyone for no reason, who would?
The title 'No fault eviction' just fed into the anti landlord narrative that has been ramped up by certain campaign groups, it was latched onto by the media and believed by those who knew no better (perhaps that was the plan?).

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