Abolition of no-fault evictions

Landlords will be more selective in choosing tenants and the supply of rental property may fall as a result of proposed reforms, says Laura Southgate

08 Jun 2020

The controversial Renters’ Reform Bill was announced by government in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. The bill is to abolish ‘no fault evictions’ in respect of residential property, a measure which is intended to help address the widely reported housing crisis in the UK and to protect tenants in the residential rental market.

Under the existing law, a landlord is able to recover possession of a property which is let under an assured shorthold tenancy at the end of the contractual term by serving two months’ notice pursuant to section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. No reason has to be given for the service of the notice; nor is it reliant on any breach on the part of the tenant.

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