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?

Right now families in rented homes can be kicked out with just two months notice - without any valid reason. Some end up sharing a single room in temporary accommodation while others have to move miles away from their children's schools. It’s unfair and its perfectly legal

England is one of the only countries in Europe that allows people to be evicted without private landlords having to give a reason. The threat of being kicked out without doing anything wrong causes insecurity and stress for millions of familes, and makes people suffering shoddy housing scared to complain.

The Scottish government has already acted to protect private tenants by restricting no-fault evictions there. Right now, the government is looking at how they can make renting more secure in England. They could change the law, so people who rent can only be evicted if there's a valid reason. It'd mean millions of families will have the security of knowing they won’t be forced to move at a moments notice.

We call on the UK government to give renters in England stability and certainty in their homes by abolishing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.


Reasons for signing

  • Because tenant should be protected against unfair evictions
  • When I was young in the sixties and seventies, they were mainly council houses. It was just like owning it unless you were stupid and warranted kicking out. The situation now is a disgrace and possibly against ones human rights. How can one feel secure when you don't know from one month to the next if you'll still have a roof over your head. The sooner the law is changed the better.
  • We started to rent after selling our house to break the chain. When we moved in we were open with the letting agent that we would look to buy again at the end of the 9 month tenancy. Approaching expiry the agent asked us whether we wanted to vacate or sign for another 9 months and pay an increased rent and renewal fee. When we said we would prefer to roll over as agreed previously, we were served with a s21 and told the landlord required possession of the property for ‘personal reasons’.

Updates

2018-06-29 20:01:53 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2018-06-29 15:58:27 +0100

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2018-06-28 10:55:21 +0100

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2018-06-26 18:06:55 +0100

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2018-06-20 11:38:27 +0100

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2018-06-18 12:27:27 +0100

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2018-06-16 20:39:59 +0100

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2018-06-14 11:22:46 +0100

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2018-06-12 13:48:57 +0100

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