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Our response to Section 21 announcement makes headlines

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

On Monday, the Government announced plans to launch a consultation on scrapping Section 21.

The RLA’s response to this announcement made headlines, in both newspapers and broadcast news.

Here, we take a look at some of the media coverage from the past week.


On Monday morning, our policy director David Smith appeared on Sky News, talking about the RLA’s response to the announcement that the Government plans to launch a consultation to axe Section 21.

During the interview, David raised a key concern that the RLA has with the plans – that risk factors could increase if landlords lack the confidence that they will be able to gain possession of their property quickly if they need to. You can read the article on Sky News here.

David also appeared on BBC Breakfast in the morning. During this interview, David outlined a key point about Section 21 – that over half of the time, it’s not a ‘no fault’ way to gain possession, because landlords use it in the case of rent arrears and anti-social behaviour. You can read research conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University last year, for the RLA, on this here.

Our policy director David Smith was also on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast show on Monday morning. You can listen to the interview again here. (Clip starts 2 hours 42 minutes in)

Newspaper coverage

The RLA’s response to the Government’s announcement made headlines in a wide ranging publications, including the front page of the Guardian. (below)

David Smith also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme on Monday lunchtime, where again he talked about the reasons why some landlords use Section 21.

David Smith was on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme on Section 21 announcement. (16 mins in)

Coverage of the RLA’s response to the announcement was also included in the following national online news sites, as well as being syndicated in many local newspapers.

Landlords ‘could stop letting’ if no-fault evictions banned Telegraph

‘No-Fault’ Evictions To Be Banned – How Does This Change Your Rental Rights? Huffington Post

Theresa May pledges to abolish ‘no-fault’ eviction powers for landlords in overhaul of private rental sector Independent

Rental reforms: How will my rights change? Press Association

Landlords will be banned from booting out tenants for no reason, Theresa May reveals Politics Home

Government ready to outlaw section 21 evictions 24 Housing

Government moves to ban controversial ‘no-fault’ evictions City AM

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

1 Comment

  • Sorry, I’m confused. If your tenant fails to pay rent, is anti social or damages property how is that “no fault”?
    How would we get rid of a tenant in these cases?
    It’s almost as if squatters rights would be reinstated

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