Ihowz is very concerned that there will be unintended consequences of the proposed removal of the Section 21 notice in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) as part of the Renters Reform Bill, as mentioned in the Queens Speech, and have written to all MP’s to express these concerns.
We are worried that, If the Section 21 be abolished:
- Many landlords will be unwilling to offer a tenancy unless the applicant has perfect references.
- This will lead to further stress in the social housing when vulnerable tenants can no longer be housed in the PRS.
- Reduced supply of rental properties will drive up rents and associated housing benefit costs
- Social housing faces further stress in when vulnerable tenants can no longer be housed in the PRS.
- More landlords will leave the PRS as they will have little control over the behaviour of their tenants, giving even more stress to social housing
We have just sent the attached summary paper to all MP’s, with the potential solution:
- Not allow the Section 21 for rent arrears.
- Introduce a sliding scale of notice dependent on length of tenancy
- Consider financial compensation for ending longer tenancies using Section 21
Note, we also sent a detailed paper to Ministers, and those MP’s having property interests.
If you are also apprehensive about the impact on the industry of losing the Section 21 we urge you to write to your MP; both where you live and where your properties are. You can find your MP here. We have intentionally not included a template letter, as we feel it better if you express your concerns in your own words. It doesn’t take many letters for an MP to take notice; and it doesn’t take many MP’s lobbying ministers for them to seriously consider these views.
We are so lucky we live in a democracy – act now, write to your MP today.