Section 21 set for a shake-up?

Proposals to scrap Section 21 eviction orders are making waves in the Private Rented Sector.

The Government has launched a consultation into legislation to abolish the so-called ‘no fault’ repossessions.

Currently, Section 21 allows landlords and letting agents to give two months’ notice to a tenant without having to give a reason, once the tenancy is out of the fixed term.

The Government said that responsible tenants could be evicted with little notice and for spurious reasons under current Section 21 legislation.

It says that under new rules the court system would be improved to ensure landlords can repossess properties more speedily in genuine cases.

However, industry bodies are set to lodge their concerns with the Government about the proposals, including a group who have joined forces under a ‘Fair Possessions Coalition’ banner.

They fear that under the new regime it will be more difficult to evict anti-social or disruptive tenants and those in rent arrears.

Other concerns are that landlords would be hit driven out of the industry, that revised legislation would be more costly or not work, that there would be reduced housing supply, and a wave of pre-emptive evictions before the new laws come into force.

Reputable landlords and letting agents prefer to have good, long-term tenants in properties, something Chinneck Shaw strives for and can achieve with our experience in finding tenants and strict referencing checks.

We will watch developments closely and keep you updated.