Why 'abolish' section 21 ?
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1 month ago

So it seems there are further delays in the Renters Reform bill. Once again the Judiciary are mentioned.  I am politically naive so I don't know how easy it is to introduce change in reforms to a bill whilst discussions are in progress. However for what its worth here are my thoughts on the abolition of Section 21.

Instead of totally disposing of Section 21 why have they not considered tiering it, or bringing out another 'Section'.  I agree that a Section 21 can be used negatively - getting rid of perfectly good tenants who have estatblished roots in a area without having to tell them why does seem totally immoral. And unfortunately there are certain landlords that have no difficulty in using Section 21 to evict for their own selfish reasons, without regard of the upheaval it causes a tenant. But then again I think a LL's should have the unltimate right to evict a tenant from their property for whatever reason. But why not 'reform' section 21 rather than abolish it ? Bring in a tiered system so that difficult negative tenants can be evicted easily and good tenants are legally entitled to longer notice periods. Say nine months - making an allowance so that children don't have to leave school at some point in the academic year  and giving them  a longer period to look for alternate accommodation. A more flexible Section 21 that allowed LL's the ultimate right to evict for their own reason, but protected good tenants in terms of notice periods. After all the Government and Councils evict people for their own reasons - do they not ? Many people have received compulsory purchase notices for the new HS2. Effectng  both land owneers, owner occupiers and LL's who own a property and rent it out.

As a LL I would consider that a fairer and reasonable change to Section 21 in terms of notice periods, and be quite happy with it.

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