NLA launch campaign to save Section 21
Following the government’s announcement they plan to abolish Section 21, we are asking landlords to fight back and join the campaign to #SaveSection21.
The NLA are launching a postcard campaign to tell the Prime Minister directly the negative impact revoking Section 21 will have on the market, and are calling on landlords to send in their support. You can either fill in a physical postcard and return it to us, or fill in a simple online form here. Physical postcards are available in the latest edition of UK Landlord magazine that hits doorsteps today, member communications, and at NLA meetings and events.
England and Wales’s model of tenancy was always intended to operate in a sector where Section 21 exists, and landlords’ lack of confidence in Section 8 means they are often forced to use Section 21 to avoid costly and lengthy court proceedings.
We surveyed more than 3000 landlords in England and Wales, and found 11 percent had used Section 21 in the last five years, and 7 percent had used Section 8. Of those who sought possession due to a fault of the tenant 44 percent used Section 21 alone – even though they had the grounds to use Section 8.*
Without Section 21, there will be ramifications across the private rented sector for both landlords and tenants.
lose confidence in the possession process
potentially leave the market – many of whom have invested in property as a pension alternative
seek to reduce risks in other ways, for example much more stringent personal and credit referencing of prospective tenants.
face a lower supply of housing
see increased rents
find it harder to access homes in the private rented sector, particularly if they have a poor credit rating, less stable employment or are in receipt of benefits.
Please share this campaign with other to help #SaveSection21. Follow the hashtag on social media for updates.
* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 3,088 Landlords in England and Wales. Fieldwork was undertaken between 21st - 27th December 2018. The survey was carried out online.