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Possession reform: Have you made your views heard?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The RLA is encouraging members to make sure they have responded to the Government’s consultation on plans to change the possession process.

There is only a few weeks left for landlords and letting agents to have their say, with the consultation closing on 12th October 2019.

What the consultation wants to know

Specifically, the consultation is asking for the views of landlords on:

  • The impact of removing Assured Shorthold Tenancies, and whether there are any circumstances where a tenancy should be ended without a tenant being at fault
  • Whether reforms should relate to both the private and social sectors
  • How existing grounds for possession can be used effectively, or reformed, if Section 21 is no longer available, and how new grounds should be added to cover the landlord selling or moving into the property.
  • How the courts could consider applications for making possession orders under Section 8 work efficiently.

What can landlords do?

The RLA has published some useful tools for landlords on responding to the consultation, including the association’s draft response, which can be read here. As well as responding to the consultation, which closes on 12th October 2019, landlords are also being urged to write to their MP about possession reform. This can be done easily on the RLA’s MY RLA platform. T

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.

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