This week, the Government announced that it plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions or so-called 'no-fault evictions'. This will effectively create open-ended tenancies, and lead to what the Government believe will be a more effective means of getting a property back when a landlord genuinely needs to do so. Under the Government’s proposals, landlords will have to provide a concrete, evidenced reason already specified in law for bringing tenancies to an end and will use a Section 8 notice to do this via the courts. To this end, Ministers will amend the Section 8 eviction process, so property owners are able to regain their home should they wish to sell it or move into it and they will also expedite the Court processes, so landlords are able to swiftly and smoothly regain their property.
For any good landlord or anyone using a regulated agency, such as ourselves at Wills & Smerdon, there is NO NEED TO PANIC this is just another method of giving tenants more security and we very rarely have to use a Section 21 Notice for our tenants to vacate, so there should be little change. If, however, you would like to discuss this in more detail, please give us a call.