Tell the government: Renters need real security in their homes
The Government is consulting until 26 August on new proposals to give private renters longer tenancies. It needs to hear from renters about how it can create real security of tenure. On this page you can make your voice heard.
Ask the Government to end unfair evictions to offer real security for renters
The End Unfair Evictions campaign, led by Generation Rent and in partnership with New Economics Foundation, ACORN and London Renters Union would like to see the Government offer real security for renters by scrapping Section 21. Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act allows landlords to kick out renters from their homes with no reason given and just two months’ notice. This causes insecurity and stress for millions of families, disrupts children’s education and stops renters from complaining about unsafe homes. We are one of the only countries in Europe that allows this, and Scotland has already acted to restrict these damaging and unfair evictions.
We need to tell the Government how harmful Section 21 really is and that, without an end to these unfair evictions, renters won’t have meaningful security in their homes.
We’ve prepared a template consultation response which you’re welcome to use. Questions 4,5 and 6 ask for your personal knowledge and experience – please delete yes/no as appropriate for these questions. We’ve drafted answers for the rest of the questions and you can leave these as they stand or amend as you wish. Please do add in your own experiences, especially if you’ve experienced Section 21 or a revenge eviction following reporting disrepair. Q10 covers revenge evictions and Q29 offers the opportunity to include any further information.
If you prefer not to use our template response, you can respond directly to the consultation on the Government website.
The Government has proposed:
- Three year tenancy agreements
- 6 month break clause for both landlord and tenants. Following the six month break clause, the tenant would be able to give 2 months’ notice to exit the tenancy at any point.
- The landlord wouldn’t be able to evict with no reason within the three years, but would still be able to evict if the tenants are at fault or if they wish to sell the property or move back in. In the latter case landlords would have to provide two months’ written notice to tenants.
- Rents would be allowed to rise once per year at a rate that the landlord and tenant agree in the contract.
The government’s proposed tenancy would offer some increase in security of tenure for renters, and ensure tenants have flexibility to move if they need to. Landlords would be unable to use Section 21 to evict tenants in response to complaints, which should give tenants more confidence to ask for repairs.
But when the three year period ends, landlords will be able to use Section 21 to evict tenants from their homes with no reason given. And even within the three year period, landlords will be able to evict blameless tenants from their homes in order to sell the property or move back in. The Government hasn’t included a burden of proof for landlords who say they are repossessing their properties on these grounds, nor a requirement for landlords to pay any compensation or moving costs to tenants who are forced to move home at short notice through no fault or choice of their own.
It’s good that the Government is looking at limiting rent rises within the tenancy agreement, but it’s important to make sure that they are capped by the right measure otherwise people will keep getting priced out of their local areas.
Amend and send the template consultation response by 26th August
The consultation runs until 26th August so please send your response by then. You can amend the template or send it as it is, but please do personalise the following questions:
- Questions 4, 5 and 6 ask for your personal knowledge and experience – simply delete yes/no as appropriate for these questions
- Question 10 covers revenge evictions (eviction following the tenant reporting disrepair) – please explain here if this has happened to you.
- Question 29 – any further information you wish to include
If you spend a lot of time on your personal contribution, please consider copy and pasting the text into a Word document/somewhere else, just in case there are problems with the website that result in it being lost.
Thank you for being part of the campaign to end Section 21 and ensure security of tenure for private renters.