Industry News Sally Walmsley 10/05/2022

Possession grounds to be strengthened as end of Section 21 in sight

Plans to abolish Section 21 repossessions will be brought forward it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech today.

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle has welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackling arrears and antisocial behaviour and will continue to lobby Ministers to ensure other grounds for possessions are fair.

He said: “We welcome the Government’s acceptance that reforms to the rented sector need to strengthen the ability of landlords to tackle anti-social tenants and those with repeated rent arrears. We will continue to work to ensure that these and other grounds for possession are fair and workable.

“Whilst we support proposals for an Ombudsman to cut the number of possession cases needing to go the court, this cannot be a substitute for proper court reform as well. At present it can take almost a year for a private landlord to repossess a property through the courts where they have a legitimate reason to do so. This is simply not good enough.”

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley Magazine and Digital Editor

Sally is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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