In what they have described as ‘the biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation’, the government has unveiled plans to hold a consultation on their proposal to abolish ‘no-fault evictions’.

The proposals are part of the government’s promise to tackle the housing crisis, increasing tenant security and balancing the bargaining power between tenants and landlords. The proposals have been widely reported as great news for tenants, but in practice, this is unlikely to be the case.

‘No-fault evictions’, or section 21 notices, allow landlords to terminate Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“ASTs”) on or after the end of a fixed term, giving at least two months’ written notice but importantly, not providing any ground for the termination.

 

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