The government seeks landlords’ and tenants’ views on implementing its decision to remove section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

25th July 2019

In April this year, the government set out its plans to abolish tenants’ evictions where there is no reason for eviction, which is currently possible under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Under the new proposals the tenants would benefit from more stability as they would not have to be concerned about having to look for alternative accommodation at short notice.

The government’s proposals also include changes to section 8 eviction procedure, which are aimed at enabling landlords to repossess their property if they want to sell it or inhabit it themselves. This change will make the rental market more attractive to investors by providing a more stable legal framework.

The government is also interested in views regarding the consequences of eliminating the landlords’ possibility to offer assured shorthold tenancies, what improvements can be done to the courts’ procedure regarding repossession orders and whether the changes should also cover other types of landlords, such as housing associations.

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 11:45pm on 12 October 2019.


Raluca Sterian

Trainee Solicitor