Warnings over planned section 21 reforms

Government plans to abolish the assured shorthold tenancy (AST) regime could lead to fewer homes being available for rent, law firm Devonshires has warned.

14 Oct 2019

Government plans to abolish the assured shorthold tenancy (AST) regime could lead to fewer homes being available for rent, law firm Devonshires has warned.

Proposals to abolish ASTs and the use of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 are set out in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consultation A New Deal for Renting.

This means landlords will be unable to evict tenants without giving a reason.

Instead, they will have to use one of the proposed additional grounds for possession, which sets out the reasons and circumstances under which a landlord seeks a court order to evict.

In its response to the consultation, Devonshires called for social housing to be exempted from the new regime, ...

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