MP for Brent Central, Sarah Teather is aiming to table proposals in Parliament to stop ‘retaliatory’ evictions for tenants when they make a complaint to landlords. ‘Retaliatory evictions’ have been used to attack landlords recently and the RLA is conducting an independent survey to identify the reasons landlords evict tenants.
Landlords are being accused of carrying out ‘retaliatory evictions’ when a tenant ‘complains’ or points out a fault in their accommodation. MPs supporting tenants argue that security of tenure is at risk, but proposals threaten the role of section 21 notices, crucial for landlords protecting properties and addressing rent arrears.
Interestingly, MPs and tenant groups fail to consider the role the tenant may play in these evictions. The RLA has surveyed members regarding ‘retaliatory evictions’. This independent survey has received over 1,500 responses to challenge assertions against landlords.
The most cited reason for carrying out evictions on tenants by landlords is rent arrears. The next two most ‘common’ factors include anti-social behaviour (ASB) and damage to the property. If a landlord/property is threatened by problematic tenants it is still difficult to remove the offender. Proposals to limit or abolish section 21 notices could see this difficulty exacerbated.
The RLA has spoken out against regulatory intervention to ‘control’ evictions…read more: “RLA case against regulatory interventions in retaliatory evictions”.
Good landlords want good tenants, and vice versa. Rather than targeting all landlords with blanket accusations and restriction of business, government and local councils should acknowledge the hard, honest work done by the majority of landlords and the role of good tenants.
- RLA ‘Eviction’ stories
- Retaliatory evictions – case against regulatory intervention
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