12th Nov, 2019

MP Rachel Maclean welcomes new law to abolish 'no-fault' evictions

Editorial Correspondent 21st Apr, 2019 Updated: 23rd Apr, 2019

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean writes…

UNSCUPULOUS private landlords have been put on notice as the Government is abolishing so called ‘no-fault’ evictions.

This means they’ll no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason. In my opinion it’s about time this appalling practice was outlawed.

This is the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation and will bring an end to private landlords uprooting tenants from their homes with as little as eight weeks’ notice after their fixed-term contract has come to an end.

Effectively, this overhaul will create open-ended tenancies, bringing greater peace of mind to thousands of families in Redditch who live in rented accommodation.

Many tenants I hear from in my surgeries live with the worry of being evicted at short notice or continue to live in poor accommodation for fear they will be asked to leave if they complain about problems with their home.

I hope this overhaul will give them reassurance that they will not be suddenly turfed out of their home and reduces the risk of being faced with nowhere to go – evidence shows the end of tenancies through the Section 21 process is one of the biggest causes of family homelessness.

The vast majority of landlords are responsible property owners who provide quality homes and services for their tenants. But, as in every walk of life, there are some bad apples, and where we see injustice or unfair practices going on, it’s absolutely right Government intervenes.

Under the proposals landlords will have to provide a concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law for bringing tenancies to an end – a marked step-change from the current rules.

I’m sure you’ll agree these proposals are a big step forward in making the private rental market fairer for tenants.

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