Sarah Teather MP’s Private Members’ Bill, seeking to ban so-called retaliatory evictions by limiting landlords’ use of section 21 notices, has failed to win enough support in the House of Commons today.

Sarah Teather MP’s Private Members’ Bill, seeking to ban so-called retaliatory evictions by limiting landlords’ use of section 21 notices, has failed to win enough support in the House of Commons today.

The Bill ran out of time, after only 60 MPs voted on a procedural motion to put the Bill to a vote.  100 MPs are required for such a motion to succeed.  It now drops to the bottom of the order for Private Members’ Bills and has no chance of proceeding.

Commenting on the Bill’s failure RLA chairman, Alan Ward said:

“The RLA do not condone revenge evictions and want to see effective action to drive criminal landlords out of the private rented sector.  However, this Bill was badly drafted and missed its target.  It would have punished good landlords and allowed bad tenants, savvy with their rights, to play the system.

 “There is now an opportunity for the campaign groups to work with landlord representatives and local authorities to come up with a workable solution to tackle the small minority who practice retaliatory eviction.

 “Enforcement of current regulations is key.  The RLA has already discussed ways in which councils can identify those landlords who operate under the radar with ministers, MPs and local government representatives.

 “We can work together to ensure councils have the tools they need to tackle bad landlords and retaliatory eviction without undermining good landlords and landlord-tenants relations.”


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  • Common sense prevailed at last.
    LAWS should not be set on minority cases. As a good Landlord I am so pleased that this bill was rejected.

  • Well my tenants can breathe a little easier — I had planned to increase their rent by an average of 10% to account for the likely cost of this poorly drafted bit of legislative nonsense.

    Someone has to pay the cost of legislation that allows tenants to run rampage over good landlords while completely failing to provide protection where it is actually required. Unfortunately those who would have paid the price of this bonkers legislation are the majority of good tenants out there – so good news all round.

  • Great news! I now intend to evict all my tenants just in case they might complain about something in the future – what a load of guff!

    • Thanks for the feedback Finbar.

      We appreciate that there are people who take advantage of tenants and unlawful evictions are unfortunately conducted. People who undertake these measures are criminals and we want proper enforcement to eject them from the sector.

      However, attitudes and comments such as yours do little to progress the conversation to a point where resolute steps to improve the sector take far longer to implement then they should.

      This particular piece of legislation was pushed through and from the Associations point of view was unworkable. This was evident in the fact that so few MPs showed up on the day to vote on the matter.

      We hope that you’ve read through some more of the RLA’s stance on the matter and that both sides can come to a point where improvements are seen on both sides.

      Thanks for reading.

  • Have read tonight, rather than going away been added to the governments reform bill so has more chance of going through.
    Like all bills it goes after the easy targets and pander to those who champion those that think the world owes them and unfortunately they out number the rest (=more votes). Charities exist because of this and survive because because of the wealthy.

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