Pressure groups are requesting that the government eliminate the eviction notice element, known as section 21, within assured shorthold tenancies. This section allows landlords to evict perfect tenants, by presenting as little as just two months’ notice. The rules also offer no right to appeal and no assistance to fight the notice.
Tenants Are Not Protected
The pressure groups suggest that tenants are not protected satisfactorily, because landlords may simply choose to sell the property when house prices increase sufficiently. They are not considering the level of protection that good tenants require and that needs to change.
They’re asking the government to protect tenants against these short-term evictions and to offer individuals the chance of a greater permanency in their home. They propose that landlords offer more long-term home opportunities, rather than allowing investors to sell properties at short notice, when the property market conditions suit the landlord.
Statistics indicate that section 21 evictions have risen considerably in the past few years, with increases matching house price rises.
They feel that the downside to the short notice period allowed under the current rules is that when house prices are reducing, landlords wish to keep tenants who are paying rent consistently and are therefore, unlikely to sell the property. Conversely as house prices increase, landlords will look to evict their tenants so they can sell the property to gain more profits.
Data Proves the Point
The Office of National Statistics has data that shows that from early in 2008, both house prices and evictions fell. As house prices increased towards the middle of 2009, the number of evictions intensified, with both elements rising towards the end of 2009.
Statistics show that evictions related to a short notice period, via section 21, increased to 16,441 in 2015. The comparison indicates that the last time house prices were reduced significantly was in 2009, when eviction cases numbered 4,963.
As a broad average across the local authorities, when house prices increase by around 10%, evictions are seen to climb by around 60%.
The pressure groups are convinced that their research shows that section 21 evictions, connected to assured shorthold tenancies, have risen considerably in recent years and are matched by house price increases.
They will continue to fight the government’s current rules surrounding section 21 evictions until a fair version of the rules are updated. This must include a high level of safety protection for tenants who continue to pay perfectly, every month and look after the property perfectly, for the landlord.