Private Rented Sector - revenge evictions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5102
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given your responsibilities in relation to housing in London, do you agree that there is a need to bring forward reforms to Section 21 of the Housing Act (1988) in order to remove a landlord's right to 'no fault' eviction, ensuring tenants do not live in fear of being evicted by their landlord if they complain about a problem with their home?

Answer

Answer for Private Rented Sector - revenge evictions

Answer for Private Rented Sector - revenge evictions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was a strong supporter of the Tenancies (Reform) Bill from the very beginning and I support the proposed amendment to the Deregulation Bill. However the Bill did not seek to remove a landlord's right to issue a Section 21 eviction notice (which I would not support). The Bill and the subsequent amendment seek only to restrict a landlord's right to use Section 21 where they have not complied with their statutory obligations towards a tenant, such as responding to complaints about health and safety hazards.