Tenants gain the power to fight unfair rent increases and evictions

Housing organization Shelter has hailed Michael Gove’s plans for the rental sector as “a game changer for England’s 11 million private tenants”.

Tenants’ rights are being strengthened as the government prepares to end no-fault evictions, introduce a national landlord registry and delegate powers to tackle unfair rent increases.

The government’s white paper on a fairer private rental sector, due to be presented at this parliamentary session, will also ban landlords or intermediaries from banning families with children or those on welfare from renting.

“No fault” § 21 Evictions that allow landlords to terminate tenancies without giving reasons are prohibited.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove praised the Mirror’s longstanding Safe as Houses campaign to strengthen tenants’ rights.

He said: “Mirror’s ‘Safe as Houses’ campaign was instrumental in highlighting some of the appalling conditions and financial pressures tenants were facing at the hands of dodgy landlords.

“Our New Deal for Renters will change that by helping end the injustices of cold, damp, and unsafe homes, eliminating unfair no-fault eviction orders, and prohibiting landlords from discouraging renters on welfare or families with children.

“This is all part of our plan to rise up across the country and meet people’s priorities.”

A new ombudsman for private tenants will be created to resolve disputes between private tenants and landlords quickly and at relatively low cost, without going to court.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has praised Mirror’s ‘Safe as Houses’ campaign


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Housing association Shelter has hailed the plans as “a game changer for England’s 11 million private tenants”, with Chief Executive Polly Neate saying: “Abolishing unfair evictions will level the playing field.

“For the first time in a long time, renters will be able to defend themselves against bad behavior instead of living in fear.

“This white paper promises people safety and security in their homes and makes it clear that landlords must follow the rules. Gone will be the days when families were uprooted and children forced to change schools after being hit with a no-fault Section 21 eviction for no good reason.

The measures will also help responsible landlords efficiently take possession of their properties from anti-social tenants, the government said.

A new property portal will help landlords understand and comply with their responsibilities, and give councilors and tenants the information they need to fight rogue operators.

Decent housing standards of living are extended to the private sector, which means housing must be free from serious health and safety hazards and landlords must maintain housing in good condition so tenants have clean, adequate and usable facilities.

Lisa Nandy, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “More security for tenants is welcome but action is needed now, not after further consultation. While the government has hesitated and delayed, rents and evictions have skyrocketed.

“Labour is calling for emergency legislation to end no-fault evictions immediately and give people more security in their homes.

“The government still has no long-term plan to solve the problem of unaffordable rents. In government, Labor will rebalance power between tenants and landlords to make tenancies safe and affordable and give people more control over their homes.”

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