The Biggest Shake Up to the Rental Sector for a Generation

As from the 15th April 2019, private Landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants and gain possession of their homes without reason.

This will give peace of mind to families worried about being evicted after a 6 month tenancy period without substantial notice and reason.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said:

“Everyone renting in the private sector has the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence.

But millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification.

This is wrong – and today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions. Landlords will still be able to end tenancies where they have legitimate reasons to do so, but they will no longer be able to unexpectedly evict families with only 8 weeks’ notice.

This important step will not only protect tenants from unethical behaviour, but also give them the long-term certainty and the peace of mind they deserve”.

This will no doubt cause concern for Landlords who will then be worried about gaining back possession of their properties.   The Government are however amending the Section 8 eviction process which will enable Landlords to evict tenants and regain their homes should they wish to sell or move into it.

Should Landlords wish to evict tenants due to non-payment of rent or damage to the property, Court processes will also be expedited to give the Landlords added protection.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:

“By abolishing these kinds of evictions, every single person living in the private rented sector will be empowered to make the right housing choice for themselves – not have it made for them. And this will be balanced by ensuring responsible landlords can get their property back where they have proper reason to do so.

We are making the biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation. We are creating homes, opportunities and thriving communities, where people can come together and put down roots, bound by a strong sense of belonging.

Everyone has a right to the opportunities they need to build a better life. For many, this means having the security and stability to make a place truly feel like home without the fear of being evicted at a moments’ notice. We are building a fairer housing market that truly works for everyone”.

For more information from the Government website please click the link:- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-end-to-unfair-evictions

Author: Maxine Barrett