AFG Law is advising all landlords that the Abolition of Section 21 is back on the menu and they need to seek appropriate Professional legal advice sooner rather than later!
Section 21 refers to the Renters Reform Bill that was announced back in December 2019 following the general election. Whilst there wasn’t a lot of detail it was clear that the pledge involved the abolition of the ‘no fault’ eviction route available under Section 21 along with the introduction of ‘lifetime deposits’.
Section 21 will be familiar to landlords, but the concept of lifetime deposits will be new in that it would seek to introduce a deposit that would be transferable to another property, with this applying whenever tenants moved.
The Covid19 pandemic has caused a delay in the legislation being announced. Please, be aware that this may soon change.
Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher informed the Commons that the measure would be introduced at the “appropriate time when there is a sensible and stable economic and social terrain on which to do so.”
Whilst the Government is focused on controlling the pandemic it is clear that they are gearing up to bringing in new laws post-Covid.
This much is evident in the recent announcement from the Junior Housing Minister Kelly Tolhurst who confirmed that the Government planned to introduce the Renters Reform Bill “very soon”. In particular Ms Tolhurst informed the Commons that “the Government are committed to enhancing renters’ security by abolishing no-fault evictions. During the Covid19 pandemic, our collective efforts have been focussed on protecting people during the outbreak. This is including introducing longer notice periods and preventing evictions at the height of the pandemic on public health grounds. We will introduce a Renters Reform Bill very soon”.
This announcement is unsurprising given the national repossession stay last September, together with the soon-to-be-expired eviction rules as of mid Feb 2021.
Landlords will do well to bear in mind that the issue of abolition is making its way back onto the legislative agenda in the near future. Any landlords therefore looking to make use of Section 21 are advised to do so sooner than later.
AFG Law Solicitors since 1897 specialises in a wide range of areas of Law. Landlords wishing to seek expert legal advice and services regarding Section 21 and all other services regarding residential property should contact the team without delay.
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