Tenants are not evicted for no reason

by Nick Thompson

11:14 AM, 22nd July 2019
About A year ago

Tenants are not evicted for no reason

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Tenants are not evicted for no reason

The RLA has conducted its most wide ranging landlord research yet concerning government announced plans to ban Section 21 so called ‘no fault’ evictions.

The research included feedback from over 6000 Private Landlords and strongly contradicts the Government, Press and Shelter assumption that the majority of tenants evicted under section 21 are for no fault.

The following reasons were given by landlords for using section 21:

  • 84% because their tenant hadn’t been paying rent
  • 56% because of damage to property
  • 51% because of anti-social behaviour
  • 26% said that they had served a Section 21 notice at the tenants’ request to enable them to seek social housing to avoid them being classed as intentionally homeless

84% of landlords said they would be ‘more selective’ selecting tenants if the government bans Section 21, because of the fear of difficulties and time involved in gaining possession when something goes wrong. Therefore, this would marginalise further tenants that need the most help such as DSS or any prospective tenant who cannot pass a reference/credit check and does not have a guarantor.


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Monty Bodkin

15:30 PM, 29th July 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by George Darmanin at 29/07/2019 - 15:13
He just wants to settle for a few years where he knows he is not going to be kicked out a few months down the line for the 9th time in just a few years.

So why doesn't he find a professional landlord who wants long term tenants? Many landlords posting on here have 10+ year tenants. It makes no sense to get rid of good tenants.

Quite frankly though, he will struggle to find a professional landlord who will take him on after being served eight section 21's because they know there is always a good reason for it.

Beaver

15:48 PM, 29th July 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by George Darmanin at 29/07/2019 - 15:13
If that's true I doubt it's representative of the majority of situations when landlords issue a section 21. The basics of being a landlord are you want the tenant to:
1. Pay the rent on time in full.
2. Look after the property.
3. Don't upset the neighbours.
If your son is doing 1,2, and 3 it may be that the issue is the lettings agency wanting their tenant-finding-fee. A bit like those fund-managers and stockbrokers who deliberately churn their clients' pension funds to earn commission.

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