The government wants to make it harder for landlords to evict private tenants at short notice.
At the moment, people can be given as little as eight weeks’ notice to leave after their contract has finished.
So-called ‘no-fault’ evictions can cause families to become homeless, with disruption to children’s schooling if they have to move away from the area.
The prime minister announced proposals to stop this, saying landlords would have to give a ‘concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law’ for ending a tenancy.
The proposed changes to the Section 21 process would effectively create open-ended tenancies. Housing charity Shelter said the proposals represent ‘an outstanding victory for England’s 11 million private renters’.
Why is it necessary?
The government has looked at evidence which shows that at the moment, the process is one of the biggest reasons families become homeless.
Theresa May said such evictions are ‘unfair’ and private sector renters have the right ‘to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence’.
How could landlords remove a bad tenant?
The Government said the reforms will be ‘balanced’ by ensuring responsible landlords can get their property back where they have ‘proper reason to do so’. Shadow housing secretary John Healey also warned the proposals will not work if landlords can still force tenants out by ‘hiking the rent’.
What happens with the proposals now?
A consultation will take place on the proposals. If the response is positive, the proposals could become law. What do people think? Campaign group Generation Rent said the Government had ‘made the right decision’.
Paul Wootton, director of home propositions, said: ‘Our own research amongst tenants showed half had already lived in their current home for three or more years showing how unsuitable tenancies with fixed terms of six or 12 months are for those living in the sector.
‘This is particularly important for people looking to put down long term roots in an area and those who want the stability homeowners enjoy like knowing their children can keep attending the same school.’