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NLA responds to Section 21 consultation

Article Posted - 11th October 2019

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has submitted its response to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consultation on the New Deal for Renting: Resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. The consultation closes on 12 October 2019 11:45 pm.

The consultation which only applies to England was announced by the Government in an effort to address so called ‘no-fault' evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under the proposals, landlords would be required to take their tenant to court if they needed to repossess their property. The Government also put forward ideas for reform to Section 8 repossessions process based on consultation response to barriers to longer tenancies.

The NLA response highlighted the need to preserve section 21 and criticises the Government's drafting of the consultation which implies that the process is a foregone conclusion. The submission also emphasises the fundamental need for court reform alongside a wide-ranging review of the Section 8 faults-based grounds. The response was accompanied by a report that includes an economic analysis showing the impact of abolishing section 21 on the private rented sector.  

The report which was launched at the Conservative Party Conference reveals that renters would be negatively impacted if Section 21 was no longer available to landlords. The economic analysis showed that there would be a 59 percent reduction in the number of dwellings available to tenants in receipt of benefits. The analysis which was undertaken by Capital Economics confirms that the policy is likely to have unintended consequences for both landlords and tenants.

What you can do:

Landlords are encouraged to engage with consultation and submit their response before the deadline passes on 12 October 2019 at 11:45 pm. We have produced a user-friendly guide which helps you navigates the questions and allows to identify what the consultation is proposing. You can also use the findings from our economic analysis to inform your response- this can be accessed here

The NLA response is available to view here.



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