No-fault evictions to be abolished in England

The Government has announced proposals to prevent tenants from being "uprooted by their landlord with little notice".

Under current legislation, Section 21 notices allow landlords to evict tenants without a reason and with as little as eight weeks notice after their fixed-term tenancy period ends.

Under the new proposals, private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice without good reason but would have to provide a "concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law" to end a tenancy.

The Government has stated that the new rules are designed to protect renters from "unethical" landlords and give them more long-term security.

A consultation is now under way to end the 'no-fault eviction' process. If the new legislation passes through parliament it would mean private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants using Section 21 notices.

For more information contact James Hodgson at our Halifax office on 01422 339600.

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