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  • In the Spotlight

    Abolishment of Section 21 - curated views

    With the consultation into the abolition of Section 21 being a major topic on Property Tribes and social media in general, I though it might be helpful to curate all our discussions and related videos on one thread for easy reference.

    These are the threads discussing this topic:

    Government announce dilution of Section 21 

    End of Section 21 - "butterfly" effect 

    The end of Section 21 - insider insights 

    End of Section 21 makes BTL "credit negative"

    Potential abolition of section 21

    Section 21 and 6 month tenancies

    Landlords urged to shape future of PRS

    Tessa Shepperson recorded a webinar with David Smith on this topic which you can listen to >>> here.

    The RLA have produced a helpful video to answer some landlord FAQs as to what this means for the private rented sector:

    Respected industry commentator Sally Lawson recorded this video, giving the lettings agents perspective:


    These are Property Tribes' videos on this topic:


    Can everyone please complete the RLA survey on the link below?  They've already had 3,000 responses but the more who respond, the more robust the stats will be.



    A Government Minister has pledged to make changes to the courts to speed up the ability of landlords to repossess properties in legitimate circumstances.

    Writing exclusively for the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), the Minister for the Private Rented Sector, Heather Wheeler, said that: “landlords who experience the eviction process via the courts” often find it “unduly slow and complex”. She pledged that “changes in the law, the court process, and resourcing will need to go hand in glove with tenancy reform, to meet these concerns.” 

    Ms Wheeler acknowledged that “the vast majority of landlords provide their tenants with a decent home and good quality service” and that “few landlords evict good tenants without a sound reason.”

    The Minister confirmed that following the Government’s decision to get rid of Section 21, ‘no explanation’ repossessions, the Government will ensure the changes work for both tenants and good landlords. She said that she is looking forward to working closely with the RLA to ensure that the Government’s changes to the sector are got right. 

    The RLA is currently surveying the landlord community to seek their views on what is required for them to have confidence that they can repossess property swiftly and effectively for legitimate reasons.

    David Smith, Policy Director for the RLA, said:

    “The Minister’s comments are welcome. As the RLA has long argued, landlords are left frustrated at almost every stage where they want to repossess property through the courts. This makes it harder to address the problem of bad tenants including those committing anti-social behaviour who cause misery for their neighbours.”


    The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling of Section 21 and Section 24 changes in recent years.

    Kevin Hollinrake MP - who founded Hunters and remains its chairman in addition to being a Conservative MP - says he has “extreme concerns” about the effects of such a ban on Section 21 evictions.

    He has told The Property Ombudsman’s conference that the scrapping of S21 was one example of how the government does not “road test” measures with either the property industry or the consumer before introducing them. “We don’t debate stuff well enough before we roll it out” he said.

    Full/source story


    A local authority is to lobby for Section 21 to be abolished after hearing from one its own councillors who was evicted twice.

    Liberal Democrat Cllr Michelle O’Doherty told Bath and North East Somerset Council that the first time she was evicted she was five months pregnant and the landlord did not want children living in the property.

    The second time was after she complained about damp and mould.

    Cllr O’Doherty, speaking at a debate, said: “Almost four years ago to the day, I received a letter from my landlord’s agent instructing us to move out of the house we had called home for over five years.

    “We were given two months to pack up, look for somewhere new to live and find almost £2,000 to pay a deposit and agent’s fees in order to move.

    “Finding a decent, and affordable, family home in Bath is not easy.

    “We had always paid the rent on time, always kept the house tidy, and we had redecorated and sorted the garden out at our own cost, so why were we told to leave?

    Full/source article


    The latest report from Capital Economics, commissioned by the National Landlord Association, suggests that the abolition of Section 21 could lead to: -

    • A 20% decline in rental stock across the private rental sector, with those on housing benefit or Universal Credit worst hit with a 59% reduction in available properties.
    • *As well as an increase in rental costs for 13% of properties.

    Tom Gatzen, the co-founder of room share platform ideal flatmate, commented:

    “For far too long there has been an overreliance on the rental sector to house those that can’t afford to buy as a result of the Government’s consistent failure to provide more affordable housing.

    We’ve already seen the rental landscape evolve with more renters having to rent rooms rather than outright properties due to high financial barriers, and the abolition of Section 21 will only see this increase as demand grows and the number of available properties declines.

    While the latest shake-up of the sector has been done with the best intentions of tenants at its core, such a drastic move needs to be better thought through and complemented with additional policy changes, to ensure the sector remains viable for the landlords that form its foundations.

    As it stands, those most in need are in line to be hit the hardest, while the rest of us will see yet more of our income go towards covering our rent.”