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Conservatives vow to strengthen landlords’ rights

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

A vow to strengthen landlords’ rights has been made in the Conservative manifesto, released today.

The Tories have committed to abolishing Section 21, but said good landlords would see possession rights strengthened.

It also talks about the idea of a ‘lifetime deposit’ – an idea first mooted by the RLA ahead of the 2017 election.

In the manifesto the party vows to: “Bring in a Better Deal for Renters, including abolishing ‘no fault’ evictions and only requiring one ‘lifetime’ deposit which moves with the tenant.” 

This, it says, will ‘create a fairer rental market: if you’re a tenant, you will be protected from revenge evictions and rogue landlords, and if you’re one of the many good landlords, we will strengthen your rights of possession’.

It has also pledged to:

  • Introduce a stamp duty surcharge on non-UK residents.
  • Continue the roll out of Universal Credit and bring an end to the benefit freeze.
  • Invest £9.2 billion in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals.

Cautious welcome

Landlords have cautiously welcomed the proposals. 

David Smith, RLA policy director said: “We agree that the system for repossessing properties is in need of reform and support the Conservatives’ proposals to strength the possession rights of good landlords.

“It is vital that the reforms are got right. At present it can take over five months for a landlord to repossess a property through the courts in legitimate circumstances. 

“We will be keen to work with Ministers to establish a new system of repossession rights and the establishment of a dedicated housing court to ensure good landlords and tenants can secure justice swiftly in the minority of cases where something goes wrong.

“It is disappointing that there is no mention of reversing some of the tax changes hitting landlords which have resulted in a drop in investment in the market, making it more difficult for tenants to find the housing they want. 

“Longer tenancies for tenants will be meaningless without landlords entering and staying in the market long term.”

More information

The RLA has published its own six-point election manifesto highlighting the changes it believes are needed to create a PRS that works for all. You can read it here.

To find out more about recent statements from the three major parties on the issue of housing and PRS ahead of the publication of their manifestos click here. 

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

5 Comments

  • It’s S24 that is killing the PRS, if Boris does not do anything about it then the sector is going to collapse. Where will Boris house all the homeless tenants when landlords sell up on mass!

  • I cannot find any detailed information as to what “strengthening landlords rights of possess ” means in practice
    in the absence of Section 21. How will a landlord be able to regain possession in a no fault or end of rental term situation?

    Thank you
    Hilary Myers

    • Hi Hilary, all we have so far is the quote promising to strengthen landlords’ rights, there was no further detail given as to what this will look like. As and when any more information is available we will be reporting on it. Thank you.

    • The RLA believes that whatever is brought in to replace Section 21 it must allow landlords to be able to repossess their properties in legitimate circumstances – which includes selling the property. In the Queen’s speech the Conservative government said it would ‘reforming the grounds for possession’ – but it has yet to publish its ‘renters reform bill’ that will give the detail as to what those new grounds will be. The Scottish system includes a provision that allows for this.

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