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Labour conference: Healey says party would abolish Section 21

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Labour “will control rents, end no-fault evictions and put a stop to the tyranny of rogue landlords” should the party come into power following the next election.

Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP made the statement in a speech to the Labour Party Conference today, pledging the party would fund renters unions to ‘support and defend’ tenants.

John Healey MP

He told delegates in Liverpool that in the first year of a Labour government, Ministers would “legislate for new renters rights to control costs, improve conditions and increase security.”

He said: “We know that our rights are worthless when we can’t enforce them, in the workplace or in the housing market.

“So I can announce today, that the next Labour Government will back new unions for renters, and fund them in every part of the country – so renters who feel helpless in the face of this housing crisis can organise and defend their rights.”

Responding to his speech the RLA has stressed that the vast majority of tenants are happy with their accommodation and that landlords use Section 21 to regain possession due to a court system which is not fit for purpose.

In fact, the English Housing Survey report on the Private Rented Sector for 2016/17 shows that over the last three years, 90% of private sector tenancies were ended by the tenant.

David Smith, RLA Policy Director, said:

“Many landlords resort to Section 21 notices because the alternative procedures take too long to process through the courts.

“To address this, the RLA is calling for a new housing court to bring justice more quickly for both landlords and tenants. A root and branch review is needed of the current system which, in the worst cases, takes up to 30 weeks and any changes must support the provision of homes to rent which the country needs.

“The vast majority of tenants enjoy good relations with their landlords. In the minority of cases where things go wrong however, landlords need the confidence that they can regain possession of a property swiftly when faced with tenants not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.”

To read the speech in full click here.

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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.

1 Comment

  • The conservatives will put the capital gains tax up to 40% in the November budget, there will be another general election and labour will win and then we will have rent controls and draconian new legislation completely reducing our profits and then we the landlords will be trapped as slaves who can’t sell because of the tax and forced to run an unprofitable business.

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