RESPONDING to the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP’s proposals to end the use of Section 21 notices in the private rented sector announced at the Labour Party Conference, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said:
“Many landlords resort to Section 21 notices because the alternative procedures take too long to process through the courts.
“The 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.”
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- The English Housing Survey for 2016/17 can be accessed at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/705821/2016-17_EHS_Headline_Report.pdf. Page 19 notes that “for private renters the average length of residence was 3.9 years.”
- The English Housing Survey report on the Private Rented Sector for 2016/17 can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-survey-2016-to-2017-private-rented-sector. Annex table 3.6 shows that over the last three years, 10.1% of private sector tenancies where ended by the landlord, 1.2% were ended by the tenant could not afford the rent. 3.5% of tenants said it was because the property was in poor condition and 1.2% said it was because they did not get on with their landlord.
- The Ministry of Justice’s ‘Mortgage and landlord possession statistics’ for the period April to June 2018 can be accessed at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/732562/mortgage-and-landlord-possession-statistics-apr-jun-18.pdf. Page 8 notes: “From claim to repossession by county court bailiff, the median average time taken to progress to possession for all tenure types was 19.7 weeks – Accelerated cases on average took 18.1 weeks, Private landlord took 16.3 weeks, and Social landlord 28.3 weeks.” These figures are median numbers however, and do not give an accurate reflection of the wide variety of time it can take to process applications in various parts of the country.
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