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Repeal of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

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Seize the opportunity of letting the government know how you feel about its plans to abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, urges the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) before the current consultation process ends on the 12th of October.

The RLA has drafted a consultation response form which you might want to use as a means of writing to your MP or directly to the consultation process. It urges landlords to reply to the consultation exercise on what is probably the biggest change to the private rented sector in 30 years.

On the 15th of April, the government announced its intention to repeal Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. That is the section of the law giving landlords the right to effect so-called “no-fault” evictions.

We reported the government’s intentions at the time and relayed the concerns already being expressed by landlords’ representative groups about the intended abolition of Section 21 notices. This also noted the RLA’s insistence that the concept of a no-fault eviction is a misnomer. The majority of landlords use a Section 21 notice simply as a faster method of achieving repossession of their property for perfectly legitimate reasons such as anti-social behaviour on the part of tenants, rent arrears, or wanting to sell the property.

If Section 21 is repealed, argues the RLA, then other measures need to be put in place to grant landlords stronger and quicker means of rightfully repossessing their let property on legitimate grounds – especially in instances of tenants’ damage to the property, anti-social behaviour, or breaches of the tenancy agreement.