One of Boris Johnson’s manifesto pledges at last year’s December general election was to bring an end to no-fault evictions (Section 21 notices).
However yesterday, one of his housing ministers, Christopher Pincher, confirmed steps to bring in any such ban would be postponed until such time as the economy is on a more stable footing.
Speaking amidst pressure to further protect renters following Monday’s end to the halting of possession hearings, Pincher confirmed the government remains committed to repealing no-fault evictions, but would only do so “at the appropriate time when there is a sensible and stable economic and social terrain on which to do it.”
Boris Johnson vowed to abolish Section 21 at the December election and included the commitment in a proposed Renters’ Reform Bill. However any such changes look unlikely to be in place any time soon.
The government have however introduced emergency legislation and a number of protective steps ahead of the recommencement of possession hearings, and we previously detailed how these could affect landlords and tenants.
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