Shelter’s call for Boris to follow through on Section 21 ban

Shelter’s call for Boris to follow through on Section 21 ban

10:03 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago 16

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Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, has sent an open letter to PM Boris Johnson calling for him to follow through with the Section 21 ban announced by Theresa May and “make these plans a reality by seeing through the crucial legislation a Conservative government has already committed to.”

Polly also directly attacked an individual letting agency, Harry Albert Lettings, declaring it “horrifying” their reaction to the announcement of the ban on section 21 by sending eviction notices to six tenants and said “such an abuse of power should have no place in this country.”

The letter started to the Prime Minister:

“You have arrived in office in the middle of a housing emergency. Almost 280,000 people are homeless in England, including 123,000 children. Half of young people have no chance of ever buying a home, and millions are trapped in expensive and unstable private renting.

“Clearly this emergency is crying out for some sort of ‘DUDE’ moment of its own.

“Your predecessor took a vital step towards improving the lives of England’s 11 million private renters when she unveiled plans to abolish ‘no-fault’ evictions. A move that would protect families and pensioners from being turfed out of their homes with only eight weeks’ notice, and wipe out the corrosive practice of revenge evictions by rogue landlords.”

Polly told Boris: “Our nation’s renters are in desperate need of a ‘love-bomb’, For us, and I hope for you, this is about more than winning votes. A safe and stable home is a fundamental human need.”

Click here to read the full open letter.


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Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:52 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Boris will now be able to show on which side he actually is... Common sense or populist vote-winning?

NW Landlord

10:56 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

What a complete load of absolute twaddle

Richard Adams

11:10 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Boris has got enough on his plate right now for next three months without being harangued by the harridan Polly Neate!

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

11:11 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

I have added this post to the ever growing library of articles which expose home truths about Shelter which deserve to be shared far and wide >>>

Simon Williams

11:16 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Have the RLA and NLA been equally quick to write an open letter to Boris calling on him to scrap the plans? Or is their communications strategy woefully behind the pace as usual?

Their simple message should be that section 21 is a vital means of allowing landlords to deal with the small minority of anti-social tenants who make life a misery for other tenants and for neighbours in the local community. It's also vital in giving landlords confidence to take on financially riskier tenants.

Shelter's way is to torpedo supply through over-regulation and create misery through scarcity, so that the most vulnerable tenants find it even more difficult to access decent rented accommodation.

Boris: make sure your head rules your heart on this one.

James Barnes

11:55 AM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 05/08/2019 - 10:52
You're talking about a man who backed Brexit and is now pursuing a no deal withdrawal from the EU, of course he's not on the side of common sense.

Richard Adams

12:05 PM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James Barnes at 05/08/2019 - 11:55
James, Boris is NOT pursuing a no deal Brexit but is prepared for it if that is the outcome. Cannot see why you perceive this as not demonstrating common sense?


16:12 PM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

It would seem that Boris likes to throw borrowed money at any problems but this is a difficult one!

David Lawrenson

17:26 PM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

Polly Neate, as usual, has failed to think this through.

Getting rid of S21 may not be so bad if there are proper procedures in place via a fast housing court, but I fear that it would still be hard to get rid of "low-problem-but-pain-in the backside" tenants.

Still, there may be ample opportunity for landlords to "game" the system to recover a property.

One big set of losers will include more marginal tenants - which is why Polly has failed to see the wider issue.

I explain all this here in my comment piece, which also references criticism of Section 21 abolition from the pragmatic "SpeyJoe" blogger - not always known as a landlords friend. If he can see the problems this will throw up for tenants, then why not Ms Neate?

David Lawrenson
Private Rented Sector Advice for Landlords

Anthony Endsor

21:19 PM, 5th August 2019, About 4 years ago

I really do hope Boris doesn't take any notice of this left wing, Communist piece of filth who supposedly represents the answer to all homelessness, but instead actually is probably one of the main courses of it.
The RLA and NLA need to email the opposite argument to Boris and ask him not to go through with it. After all, it wasn't his policy to begin with so he wouldn't be breaking any promises to anyone.
If only tenants knew just what effect this could have on them, maybe the government would see that they could lose votes from all sides if they go ahead with this. So we need to be making tenants more aware as well, so they can push the case for this stupid proposal to be kicked into the long grass.

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