No-fault evictions are being scrapped in England and Wales in a bid to give renters more security.
Under current laws, section 21 orders mean that renters can be evicted with two months’ notice with no reason required from the landlord.
That state of affairs has seen campaigners at Generation Rent collect a 50,000 signature-strong petition calling for legislation to be axed, warning that it leaves tenants feeling insecure and unable to put down roots as well fearing revenge eviction for complaints or repairs.
Ending Section 21 evictions will transform the lives of England's 11 million renters, giving them room to breathe and finally put down roots. One in four families privately rent, as do hundreds of thousands of older people. #EndSection21pic.twitter.com/LyrsjzkBZf
— Shelter (@Shelter) April 15, 2019
The campaign has pressured the government into searching for a new method for landlords to regain their properties with the launch of consultation today.
In the meantime, landlords will be forced to use section eight orders – where a reason must be given and tenants have a right to appeal – with governing bodies warning that the change will see courts inundated with rental disputes as a result of the change.