Rayner vows to ban S21 ‘no-fault’ evictions on day one of a Labour government

Rayner vows to ban S21 ‘no-fault’ evictions on day one of a Labour government

10:57 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago 17

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Angela Rayner says that if Labour wins the next General Election, she will ban Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions on the first day of taking office, without any conditions or delays.

Labour’s deputy leader and shadow secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, has outlined her ambitious plans for housing reform in an interview with i.

The current Conservative government pledged to scrap ‘no-fault’ evictions in 2019 but has since postponed the legislation until it can carry out complex court reforms.

Ms Rayner accused the Tories of ‘appeasing’ their rebel backbenchers and ‘letting down’ tenants.

The ‘blunt tool of hard rent caps’

In the interview, Ms Rayner also offered an opinion on rent regulation and said the ‘blunt tool of hard rent caps is not going to solve the problem’.

She says the country’s housing crisis can only be solved by building more homes.

Ms Rayner added: “If something is in short supply, the price goes up – I don’t want the good landlords to go out of the market.”

She also revealed that Labour will be putting forward an amendment to the delayed Renters’ (Reform) Bill this week, to force the government to introduce the ‘no-fault’ evictions ban without any caveats.

And she says it would be an ‘absolute disgrace’ if the eviction ban had not happened by the time Labour came to power and vowed to ‘deliver’ it immediately if that was the case.

Review the Right to Buy policy

Ms Rayner also promised to review the Right to Buy policy for council and social homes which she said was ‘unfair’ to both tenants and taxpayers because it depleted affordable housing stock and often benefited private landlords rather than residents.

She would also implement the Law Commission’s recommendations to end ‘feudal’ leasehold home ownership, which affects millions of homeowners who must pay ground rent and service charges to a freeholder.

The government has rejected some of the proposals, such as allowing leaseholders to extend their leases for 990 years at zero cost.

Labour would also spend the money allocated for building council and social housing and begin building ‘new towns’.

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Route Meister

11:01 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

She'll be too buy picking the wallpaper for her office to do this on day one, then she's in power so can forget what she promised the rental masses


11:05 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

She has got her knickers in a bad twist.
She needs to go back in History and learn why Section 21 was needed in the first place and now she wants to remove it and go back to the past and bring those issues back again, That is Labour progress, they will take you back instead of forward..

John Mac

11:39 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

I hope after her stint on LBC she went away and did some research. She made it quite plain that she didn't understand why Sec21 was widely used by LL's i.e as a quick way to regain possession for rent arrears or ASB.

This makes her statement that she would remove on day 1 rather strange, or not!


11:55 AM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

The only way forward is to invest in shop doorways - as there are plenty of takers as long as you have a license or it’s a £30k fine from conservatives or £100k fine from Labour if the doorway isn’t up to scratch! Small change compared to Clive Betts (labour) proposal to confiscate property if not up to standard e.g. the lawn hasn’t been cut! I don’t like the way politics is heading in this country!

Easy rider

12:01 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

Yet again FFS!
To be clear, 7 out of the 8 current Section 8 (mandatory) Grounds are NO FAULT OF THE TENANT.
Two of them deal with short lets (holiday lets or students). Another requires the tenant to die whilst one is to do with Ministers of Religion!
Ground 1: The Landlord requires possession as he used to occupy the property as his main home or he now wishes to occupy the property as his main home.
Ground 2: The property is subject to a mortgage and the mortgagee is now entitled to exercise a power of sale.
Ground 3:The tenancy is a fixed term of not more than 8 months and the property was previously a holiday let.
Ground 4: The tenancy is a fixed term of not more than 12 months and the property is student accommodation let out of term.
Ground 5: The property is that of a minister of religion.
Ground 6: The property requires redevelopment.
Ground 7: The tenant has died.
Ground 8: The tenant is in rental arrears.
Most Section 21 evictions are simply Section 8 evictions by frustrated landlords who understand that Section 21 could be easier for all concerned (and kinder to the tenant in rent arrears).


12:24 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

If only all parties were as upfront about their policies so we knew why not to vote for them

Hamish McBloggs

13:26 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by LaLo at 20/11/2023 - 11:55
I once acquired tenants from a scum landlord. Grey economy loving, gas and electric safety ignorant. Pack the tenants in and bully them.

Some landlords should have their properties taken off them.


13:40 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Hamish McBloggs at 20/11/2023 - 13:26
So why are we genuine landlords paying silly amounts of money to register when councils dont do anything? I cannt imagine its for money raising only???

Ray Guselli

14:12 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

I really wonder if these Politicians understand what they are talking about and the implications of their proposed actions and policies: and that applies to all Parties.

Knowing the state of the court system at the moment, it is folly, frivolous and indefensible to make such damaging and ill-considered comments, unless you are aiming your election rhetoric at people who have even less knowledge than yourself.

Hamish McBloggs

14:14 PM, 20th November 2023, About 3 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Lomondhomes at 20/11/2023 - 13:40
Of course it's for Council coffers.

Those that play by the rules are easy to target.

Those that operate under the radar are expensive to persue and difficult to prosecute.

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