Section 21 ban – Shelter want government to get the job done

Section 21 ban – Shelter want government to get the job done

10:24 AM, 25th May 2022, About a month ago 5

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Despite having no clarity on how section 8 will be improved to help landlords gain possession from rogue tenants, Shelter is weaponising the cost of living crisis to try and force through a section 21 ban.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “It’s alarming that as the living cost crisis rages more landlords are kicking tenants out of their homes. These are real people whose lives are being turned upside down and simply cannot afford to lose their homes right now.

“Every day our emergency helpline supports renters who are scrambling around trying to find another home after being slapped with a no-fault eviction. But soaring living costs mean many are struggling to stump up the cash for a house move they don’t want to make.

“While scrapping Section 21 evictions alone won’t solve the cost-of-living crisis for renters, it will at least give them some much needed security in their homes. The government promised renters three times that it will introduce a Renters’ Reform Bill to scrap unfair Section 21 no-fault evictions. Now, it must get the job done as every minute wasted puts another renter at risk.”

Despite every piece of advice given to non-paying tenants by the housing charity that houses no-one Shelter also claim: “Section 21 no-fault eviction notices mean that landlords do not have to give a reason for the eviction and renters have just eight weeks’ notice. Most renters move out before end of this notice period to avoid the eviction claim going to court. As long as the landlord has served a valid notice, the court claim goes through an accelerated procedure where a hearing is not required, and landlords can quickly take possession of their property.”



Comments

David Price

11:24 AM, 25th May 2022, About a month ago

It is already difficult for Benefit tenants, without section 21 it will be impossible; Shelter will have achieved its objective of maximising homelessness and its income as an advice only "charity"!

Shelter get your act together and provide some housing for all the tenants Private Landlords evict and find out for yourself just why they have been evicted.

Martin Weaver

12:53 PM, 25th May 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 25/05/2022 - 11:24
Well said David

K Anon

16:51 PM, 25th May 2022, About a month ago

what on earth do Shelter think will be achieved by removing S21. Good tenants don't get evicted.
For the tiniest amount of LL who might have considered taking on a tenant on benefits once S21 has gone that risk becomes huge.
In over a decade S8 has been abused, read this, (opens new window)

https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/information/section-8-possession-claims/#comment-28362

its 10 years old about the pitfalls of S8. A decade later I went through the same hell. S8=counterclaim. Benefit tenants are legal aided and have pockets deeper than you will ever have, that is why they present such an enormous risk to good landlords
I have experienced (yes its my post at the bottom) as so many others have (read LL1, Shelter0 post)
The abuse of S8 is rife and its a well trodden path for tenants on benefits to follow and make money. Without an S21 there is nothing so what do Shelter actually hope to achieve, its beyond me. The genuine people who need support the most (those on benefits) will not get housed. Then what?

K Anon

17:00 PM, 25th May 2022, About a month ago

and when I say risk, our property was lovely, the tenant produced fraudulent invoices, damaged the property, with held rent and we were lost at every turn, had us over a barrel. Denied access but we were told we would be at fault for not trying harder. Unlimited barristers and solicitors representing the tenant, state funded tripping us on every technicality under the sun. It is impossible to match fund this level of deceit so you end up bleeding cash into solicitors to still have to find a big enough number that the tenant will stop.
Look around the forums enough I know we are not alone in this living hell.
Absolutely impossible and never again which is a shame for the genuine people who need a home

Dylan Morris

20:53 PM, 26th May 2022, About 4 weeks ago

I really don’t understand what the problem is here. Tenant gets issued with a Section 21 surely they can just go and find another property to rent ? Simples.

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