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Activists want Sunak pledge that Section 21 will be scrapped

Activists got reassurance from Boris Johnson and Liz Truss in the past, and have a supportive politician in the form of Michael Gove back as Housing Secretary - but they still want more reassurance that the government will scrap Section 21 eviction powers.

The Rental Reform Coalition - a group of 20 campaigning organisations including Generation Rent and anti-landlord and anti-letting agent body Acorn - has issued a statement saying: “We welcome the government’s commitment to ending no-fault evictions.

“However, with political events creating uncertainty around private renting reform, we are calling on the new Prime Minister to restate their commitment to the Renters’ Reform Bill and introduce it to Parliament without delay.

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“Recent polling by Opinium revealed that the Renters’ Reform Bill is popular, with 79% of the overall public supporting measures to improve security in private renting, including 80% of over 65s and those who voted Conservative at the last election. 

“Already, it’s been over three years since the government promised to reform private renting. Private renters face another winter without these vital reforms.

“In a cost-of-living crisis, they can’t wait any longer.

“We, the undersigned, call on the government to keep its commitment to renters and pass the Renters’ Reform Bill in the current parliamentary session.”

The statement is then signed by the activist groups, namely:  Acorn, Advice for Renters, Camden Federation of Private Tenants, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Citizens Advice, Greater Manchester Tenants Union, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Law Centres Network, London Renters Union, Nationwide Foundation, New Economics Foundation, National Union of Students, Priced Out, Renters Rights London, Safer Renting, Shelter, Toynbee Hall, Z2K Fighting Poverty.

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    I am sure that Landlords would like Mr. Sunak to take into account that:

    firstly, the fact that the proposed abolition of Section 21 has already reduced rental supply and caused a rise in rent;

    secondly, that it is the landlords who own the properties and not the activists and therefore even more landlords withdrawing from private renting will lead to a crisis in homelessness- landlords will not be prepared to lose control of their properties;

    thirdly, that Section 21 and the ability to end a fixed term tenancy at the end of that tenancy has been the foundation of private letting for decades and is the reason that the private rental sector has provided housing for those with the need for accommodation;

    fourthly, that there is a difference between the private rental sector and the social housing sector and this is reflected in the different contractual arrangements for the tenants from each sector in Wales where rental reform took place- Welsh Labour did not expect the private rental sector to provide indefinite tenancies in Wales.

    fifthly, that many activists desire a redistribution of wealth including property, and are not interested in achieving a well functioning private rental sector at all, and that they are making life much harder for people seeking accommodation, not easier.

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    I wonder if the 80% who approve are tenants, and if so, do they appreciate how high their rent will rise when more of us sell up …. I suspect not.

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    I agree Simon.

    Also, private renting is not well understood by the general public. They don't remember that there was virtually no private rental sector before the 1988 Housing Act came into force and Sector 21 came into existence. People were not prepared to let their properties indefinitely.

    Very few landlords would be prepared to carry on letting if the reforms in the White Paper came into force. It simply would not be prudent to do so.

     
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    It's going regardless of what we want and most LLs have planned accordingly. It is going to be a shocking few years to be a tenant, with those already in a property staying put and those who want to move or who are new to the market struggling to find anywhere to rent. Quite what the powers that be will do once they realise the mess they have caused is anyones guess. But looking at the state of the NHS I imagine the answer will be nothing other than a lot of handwringing and bemoaning the fact that the PRS no longer works.

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    My dark thought on this is what Scotland have done…. A rent cap and eviction ban, I agree it’s’ end of days’ scenario, but with god knows how many homeless… they just might do it.

     
  • David Saunders

    Landlords are about to be hung out to dry with this leap back to a time when there was almost zero private lets available, most of the naive government ministers responsible for bringing this bill forward were not even born back then and will wonder what's hit them when the sxxt hits the fan in the form homeless figures going into orbit.

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    I think tenants are being hung out to dry too. At least we have an asset we can sell.

     
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    Tricia what will happen will be a type of sub prime crisis, when people will be unable to see what's going on like the aftermath of a bomb. The banks are making big profits unloading derelict sites and making them desirable tower blocks for yuppies. Which will become slums very quickly, but by then will be owned by large investors, especially Chinese, who can't evict the tenants, and the government will pick up the tab, as it is doing with the energy crisis.
    especially

  • David Lester

    Who will house the Ukrainians who will now be looking for PRS homes, Afghans and those that will come to the UK to do the work that the lazy parasites will not do due to excessive benefit system?

  • George Dawes

    Build back better , for the big boys , not us.

    We’re £€%@ed , well and truly

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    Rental Reform Bill

    For the ground that says;

    “Serious rent arrears,

    The tenant must be in at least 2months of rent arrears at the time that notice is served and at the time of the court hearing”

    So the tenant can “Pay Down” i.e. the day before the court case he can reduce the rent owing to below 2 months and then the court case gets dismissed.

    This could happen a few times, causing me a £398.00 court bill each time the tenant pays down.

    It’s also a waste of the courts time and mine.

    Also I have to give 4 weeks notice, so I’m straight away into 3 months rent arrears plus the time it takes to go to court, which is about 12 or 15 months. That totals the time taken to at least 15 months or more of rent arrears.

    Each time I will use this ground, the stress levels will be through the roof.

    On the Rental Reform bill White Paper it says;

    “A Fairer private rented sector”

    How can anybody in their right mind say that this ground is fair?

    The remedy is to do away with the pay down.

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    The remedy is they do away with all this rental reform nonsense or you do away with your property and let the government house these toe rags.

     
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