Why the government should rethink their approach to Section 21
Last month the government announced that it was considering scrapping Section 21, which allows landlords to evict tenants at the end of their term.
The government’s reasoning is that this eviction clause is unfair to tenants, because Section 21 allows for evictions without the landlord having to give a reason, which could result in unfair evictions. The government’s intention is to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords, who are a stain on our profession.
Negative effect for landlords
However, in doing so, they mix the bad with the good and it has a negative impact on landlords. Any regulation must strike a balance between landlord and tenant, and scrapping Section 21 doesn’t do that. Landlords always run the risk of bad tenants, and if you are unlucky to have one, you are open to several risks including unpaid rent and/or damage to your property. Section 8 allows landlords to start legal eviction processes for violations of the tenancy agreement, like unpaid rent, but this can take a long time, especially if the tenant challenges the eviction order.