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The government is committed to modernising the private rented sector, and intends to introduce a new, fairer deal for both landlords and tenants.
The government’s response proposes:
to improve security for tenants by repealing Section 21 of the Housing Act (1988), putting an end ‘no-fault’ evictions. This will protect tenants from having to make frequent and short notice moves, and will enable them to plan for the future.
amending the Section 8 eviction process, so landlords are able to regain their property should they wish to sell it or move into it themselves. This will provide a more secure legal framework and a more stable rental market for landlords to remain and invest in.
reforming the court process for housing cases, so that landlords are able to swiftly and smoothly regain their property where they have a legitimate reason – meaning landlords have the security of knowing disputes will be resolved more quickly.
Removing no-fault evictions is a significant step. We have launched a consultation on a new deal for renting - resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. The consultation runs from 21 July to 12 October 2019.
The government is committed to increasing security for tenants in the private rented sector while balancing landlords’ needs to regain their properties when their circumstances change.
This consultation invites view and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies. We are also seeking views on our proposed model for a 3 year tenancy with a 6 month break clause, and the options for implementing this. The model is designed to give tenants certainty over rents, and retains the flexibility that many desire.