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Section 21 to Be Scrapped

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Announced in yesterday's Queen Speech, the government is planning to introduce a Renters' Reform Bill that will lead to the removal of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

The Bill is being introduced to "deliver a fairer and more effective rental market", which includes abolishing the use of no fault evictions.

The RLA has warned ministers they must take action to ensure landlords have confidence in the repossession system post Section 21 or face a mass sell-off by landlords.

The other main elements of the Bill include:
Giving landlords more rights to gain possession of their property through the courts where there is a legitimate need for them to do so by reforming current legislation. In addition to this the government will also work to improve the court process for landlords to make it quicker and easier for them to get their property back sooner.

Introducing a new lifetime deposit so that tenants don't need to save for a new deposit every time they move house.

Continuing to develop and implement measures to wider access to and expand the scope of the database of rogue landlords and property agents giving greater powers to drive improvements in standards, and empowering tenants to make an informed choice about who they rent from.

The RLA also stressed that the government must develop a dedicated housing court to ensure that there is easily accessible and swift justice available where there are conflicts between landlords and tenants.

Commenting on the announcement, David Smith, RLA policy director said: "We accept the need to protect tenants from abuse, but it is crucial that plans to reform the way repossessions can take place are got right if the government is to avoid a rental housing crisis."

"Unless the new system is fair to good landlords as well as tenants, those same landlords who we need to support simply will not have the confidence to provide the rented homes that are needed to meet the demand."