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  • Legal FAQs

    Potential abolition of section 21

    I don't believe that many landlords use s21 to get rid of tenants in order to get others in at higher rents.  As a landlord with 23 years experience, and purely from a logical point of view, that just doesn't add up,  For one thing, if the property will easily obtain a higher rent then why not increase the rent on the existing tenants. No gap periods, no admin.  If they can't afford "market rent" they could always choose to leave and they would be quick to give their notice if that suited them. A bit like when any other business puts its prices up to reflect the market. Personally I would usually be happy taking below market with long term tenants if they were good and for the most part I do.  Do you have evidence for your statement?

    What I do believe is that a lot of landlords use s21 because they have no faith in other methods of evicting bad tenants, and usually swallow losses in the thousands of pounds at the same time.  I think this really is the beginning of the end of BTL.

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    Thank you and absolutely agree. I have only used it once when I felt there was no option. It was the last thing I wanted to do. I have only ever put rent up once a small amount and below market rate still. Why would a landlord want rid of a good tenant?

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    'Section 21 has been abused by many landlords, just look on these tribes- how many have issued them to get new tenants in and then put up the rent.'

    NOT TRUE.  LANDLORDS CAN PUT RENT UP WITHOUT EVICTING.  WE PUT OUR RENTS UP EVERY YEAR IN LINE WITH MARKET RENTS AND HAVE NEVER EVICTED ANYONE.

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    The problem is I will want the property back at some stage so I can sell or live in it myself. There is nothing to say this will be EASILY ACHIEVABLE as the tenant will not have done anything wrong necessarily. I am a bit shocked that some  landlords are assuming I must be rogue to have that concern.

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    Just because you play fair as many do there are some who don't, why do you think they are changing the law- for fun. No because some landlords have been abusing their powers and it appears widespread otherwise it would not have attracted so much attention.

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    How do you know there is widesread abuse of section 21.Is it because the government or the Guardian told you so ? Nothing to do with winning over tenant voters for the Consevatives to stay in power then

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    No one in their right mind would evict a good tenant.



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    Apparently its rife,Landords just want to be rid of good tenants as its good practice to find non paying tenants who trash your property for fun

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    Quite right Alibongo,

    Shows a complete lack of Business awareness by those who think they do  ( sadly, that includes our Politicians ! )

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