MP’s are considering scrapping the section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction law
The main cause of homelessness in the UK is the loss of a private rented tenancy. Currently, if they follow a legal process, Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables a landlord to evict a tenant without giving a reason.
Subsequently, a campaign has been started to put an end to the law that allows landlords to evict a tenant without giving a reason.
The legislation came under the microscope in a parliamentary debate this week as part of the government’s pledge to look at improving renter security across the capital in a radical overhaul of private rental laws.
This includes ending section 21 “no fault” evictions, which the housing campaign group Generation Rent said have been the leading cause of statutory homelessness since 2012. The group say; “This law allows evictions with no reason needed, and this is one more reason why we should scrap it”.
It is understood that although national legislation governs private sector renters’ rights, tenancies and rents themselves, Sadiq Khan will begin to advocate for a fundamental change to tackle inflated rents, in a move which could lead to councils assuming greater powers.
Sadiq Khan told an MP that London needed to adopt a “strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control”, since the arguments in favour of capping rent inflation are becoming “overwhelming”.
“I agree with you that London needs a strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control,” he wrote in a letter to Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North, seen by the Guardian. “I have long advocated such reforms; in 2013, I suggested reforms could give renters the right to longer-term tenancies and predictable rents.
The housing crisis is now having such an effect on a generation of Londoners that the arguments in favour of rent stabilisation and control are becoming overwhelming.”