Theresa May has announced plans to end “no-fault” evictions which are one of the biggest drivers of family homelessness, as part of a major shake-up of the private rented sector.
Private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at the end of their rental contracts without giving a good legal reason and long notice.
The prime minister said the move should give renters “peace of mind” as they will be able to effectively benefit from open ended tenancies rather than six or 12-month contracts.
The move was welcomed by Shelter as an “outstanding victory” for England’s 11 million private renters, although Labour warned the plan would not work if landlords are allowed to get around the rules by hiking rents and pricing tenants out of their homes.
But May said the proposals would give renters “long-term certainty” after consulting on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions, which allow landlords to uproot tenants with as little as eight weeks’ notice when their contract comes to an end.
Under the new system, landlords will instead have to provide a concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law for ending a tenancy.
May said: “Everyone renting in the private sector has the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence.
“But millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification.