Government could remove ban on evictions under Section 21

The government may reverse the abolition of evictions under Section 21, according to the Times.

The government has published its white paper on the fairer private rental sector in June with plans to ban evictions under Section 21, as well as other proposals.

“No-fault” evictions under Section 21 currently allow landlords to terminate leases without giving a reason.

The Times article outlines the government’s new proposals and suggests that a move to end no-fault evictions could be “set aside or scrapped entirely” despite plans included in Prime Minister Liz Truss’ manifesto pledge.

“Everyone deserves to live in a safe and secure home. A fair deal for tenants remains a priority, and we are carefully considering our next steps for the rental market,” a government spokesperson told The Times when asked about stopping the end of no-fault evictions.

Other proposals could see the government exempt developers from building affordable homes, remove environmental protections and allow people to add extensions without permission.

Upgrading Secretary Simon Clarke has reportedly written to the Prime Minister with proposals to boost housing construction and boost economic growth.

Responding to reports of future government plans for rent reform, National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) chief executive Ben Beadle said: “Whatever the government’s plans are, a wide range of reforms are desperately needed to support the sector.

“The supply crisis in the sector needs to be resolved urgently, while much more needs to be done to root out criminal and rogue landlords. Likewise, vulnerable tenants can and should be better supported by unfreezing housing assistance rates.

“The NRLA will continue to work with all parties to ensure the reforms are fair and workable and gain the support of responsible tenants and landlords.”

Meanwhile, National Director of Mortgages and Financial Wellbeing, Rachael Sinclair, said: “If the government fails to move forward with the proposals outlined in the fairer private rental sector white paper, it will miss a vital opportunity.”

“Rental regulations cry out for an overhaul and now is the time to act as the cost of living crisis further exacerbates the challenges facing the sector, primarily poor conditions.”

“Dropping the proposals at this stage is short-sighted and will only heighten people’s concerns during what remains a worrying time for many.”

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