Assembly response to the end of ‘no fault’ evictions

15 April 2019

The Government has today announced a consultation on the ending of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 that allows private landlords to evict tenants without reason.

 

The London Assembly passed a motion last year calling for the Mayor to back the campaign to abolish section 21 and to lobby the Government for a change in the law.

 

In response, Chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee, Sian Berry AM, who also proposed the motion last year, said:

 

“This is great news for tenants who are in constant fear of losing their home at the end of a contract, and the London Assembly has long been calling for the abolition of section 21.

 

“Everyone deserves the peace of mind that if they look after the property they are living in, there should be no worry about whether they can carry on living there or not.

 

“Moving at short notice is one of the most stressful situations a renter can find themselves in, especially in a city like London where rents are high, and property is scarce. In our upcoming report on temporary accommodation, we will be looking at the many challenges faced by tenants who don’t have a settled home.

 

“This decision by the government protects renters from unscrupulous landlords who dish out arbitrary or revenge evictions. The removal of section 21 will go a long way to provide security for tenants across London and beyond. However, the Government must be mindful that the announcement risks pre-emptive notices being served which, as we have seen during our investigation for our upcoming report, risks council services for people made homeless being overwhelmed.

 

“A loophole landlords still have in getting tenants out of their homes is by unreasonably raising rents. This is why in our rent stabilisation report we said the Mayor should lobby for constraints on rent rises within tenancies, as well as greater security.[1]

Notes to editors

  1. Read the report ‘At Home with Renting: Improving security for London’s private renters’ here.
  2. [1] The GLA Conservatives do not support the At Home with Renting report. See Appendix 1.
  3. Sian Berry AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
  4. Housing Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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