Section 21, ‘no fault’ evictions allow a landlord to evict a tenant after a set period without giving a reason. This motion calls on councils to campaign to end the use of Section 21 evictions, as Scotland has done, and create greater security for renters.
Abolition of Section 21 no fault evictions.
This council notes that:
- no-fault evictions, introduced under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act, allow landlords to evict tenants, without having to give a reason, once the term of the tenancy has expired;
- 80% of England’s 11 million renters are on tenancies with fixed terms of six months or a year; after this period has ended, landlords can evict their tenants under Section 21 without cause;
- research published by The Observer campaign group Generation Rent indicates that Section 21 evictions are now the single biggest cause of homelessness in England; and that
- in 2017, the Scottish Government made tenancies indefinite and banned no-fault evictions under the terms of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.
This council believes Abolishing Section 21 no-fault evictions:
- would help to make renting more secure and communities more stable, improve standards and increase tenant confidence;
- would further help to tackle homelessness, which should be a priority for government at all levels; and,
- should happen as soon as practicably possible.
This council, therefore:
- welcomes the UK Government’s announcement in April of plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 no-fault evictions in England; and
- resolves to work with the Unfair Evictions Campaign led by Generation Rent, the New Economics Foundation and renters’ unions, to bring about the swift abolition of Section 21 no-fault evictions.