For private landlords, the key change outlined in the government’s response is the proposed removal of ‘no fault’ evictions. The position for landlords in the social housing sector is less clear and will only be revealed in a further government consultation.
If the proposed legislation comes to pass, it would remove the landlord’s power to evict tenants without having to prove any breach of tenancy. Instead, they would need to prove some form of breach of the tenancy or other narrow statutory ground in order to start eviction proceedings.
It should be acknowledged that the aims of this change are positive, and the housing challenges the nation faces have, over the years, been exacerbated to an extent by the insecurity of short-term tenancy agreements.