S21 Ban - anti-social behaviour grounds for professional HMOs
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4 days ago


While I largely accept the abolition of S21 (along with court reform) for single-let tenants, I am becoming increasing concerned about the abolition for HMOs. The NRLA campaign addresses student-HMOs to enable S21 to be used to help LLs match the academic year but my concern is with regard to professional HMOs.


Like a lot of Landlords, I have used S21 for HMO tenants for things such as, theft, aggression or violence against other tenants in the property. This is because those tenants (the victims) are unwilling to give statements as needed by other notices. This is understandable - who would want to live under the same roof as a person who is about to be evicted due to your evidence/complaint? The NRLA campaign points out that the effectiveness of the proposed changes to the 'anti-social' behaviour ground (moving from 'likely' to 'capable') would be dependent on how the courts are briefed, however, should something like this not be determined in advance rather than hoped for?

I have just issued a S21 to a tenant of a 5 room professional HMO for theft/smoking/aggressive behaviour when challenged - while the other tenants have provided me with the evidence, they would not allow me to use that evidence in any eviction notice and hence, I had to go for no-fault/S21.

Under the proposals, I would have had to go for an anti-social behaviour ground but the queries around the changes suggests that, without evidence, it might not be successful resulting in a now potentially very angry tenant living in the property with others and no way to remove them. Or am I missing something?


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