Part of the Housing Act 1988, Section 21 gave Landlords the right to evict tenants without giving any reason at the end of the fixed tenancy or break clause date.
With the Government looking to encourage a minimum three year tenancy with a 6 month break clause, Landlords would be able to recover their property if there were ‘reasonable grounds’ – including points covered under Section 2 of the Housing Act 1988.
Under the proposals, landlords will have to provide a concrete reason for bringing tenancies to an end - with the government looking to make amends to the Section 8 eviction notice.
In short, with the removal of Section 21- we can expect to see changes to the Section 8 to strengthen the rights of Landlords.
With a view to develop legislation that is a fair deal for everyone, consultations are still in place. Whilst we are still in the proposal and consultation stage, there is no set date for the Section 21 changes – however with recent patters in legislation changes – we could expect to see changes within 18-24 months.
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