Abolishing Section 21 Notice
May 13, 2019, James Brokenshire, Housing Secretary of State declined propositions that rent controls could be introduced by the Conservatives. But, he remains firm to the abolition of the Section 21 Notice where landlords are able to evict their tenants even without cause.
Understanding Section 21 Notice
Also known as Section 21 Eviction and Section 21 Notice of Possession, Section 21 Notice, is the notification that a landlord is required by law to provide a tenant if and when the former wishes to repossess his or her property that was leased on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy without providing cause or reason for the eviction.
Basically, under Section 21, shorthold tenants are given a minimum of two months to surrender the property back to its owner once notice is served. And since the landlord does not have to provide a reason for the said action, Section 21 is often used for things like unpaid rent or some other dispute that does not need any legal proceedings.
Winds of change
On April 15 2019, the government announced its intent to abolish the Section 21 Notice or the cessation of unfair evictions. Under the proposition, landlords can no longer evict tenants at short notice, without justifiable cause, and without solid proof.
Accordingly, the move will result to more favorable open-ended leases, effectively reducing the anxiety of a great number of people who are renting and living in constant fear of being kicked out on the streets if they so much as complain about any issues regarding their homes.
On the other hand, responsible property owners are guaranteed their right to end a lease for as long as they have a “legitimate reason to do so.” Amending the Section 8 eviction process enables landlords to repossess their property if they want to put it up for sale or live in it. In cases where tenants are errant, delinquent with the rent or deliberately causing damage to the property, court proceedings will be expedited in favor of the landlord.