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To: James Brokenshire, Housing Secretary
End Unfair Evictions - abolish section 21
Scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, otherwise known as “no-fault evictions”.
Why is this important?
England is one of the only countries in Europe that allows private landlords to evict their tenants without having to give a reason. The threat of being kicked out without doing anything wrong causes insecurity and stress for millions of renters, and makes tenants suffering bad landlords and shoddy housing scared to complain.
It doesn’t have to be this way: in Germany, for example, tenancies are indefinite – landlords can sell up if they need to, but their tenants get to stay put. The Scottish government has already acted to protect private tenants by restricting no-fault evictions there.
Renters are not just a convenient source of income - they are people who need a home. They should be guaranteed the right to a secure home and a stable life, free from the anxiety of being evicted for no justifiable reason.
The government is reviewing the laws on renting - that means now is the time to act.
We call on the UK government to give private renters in England stability and certainty in their homes by abolishing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.