Skip to main content

To: James Brokenshire, Housing Secretary

End Unfair Evictions - abolish section 21

15/04/19 🎉Incredible news! The Government has announced they will abolish Section 21!🎉

It means that, in the future, landlords won't be able to evict tenants without giving a reason they can prove in court. It will give us power in our relationship with landlords and stability in our lives. It’s a major win for the 50,000 of us who have campaigned to make this a reality.

We wanted to say thank you because we couldn’t have won this campaign without you. Whether you’ve been emailing your MP, chipped in to fund our campaigns or signed the national petition - this win is yours.

The news means that, in the future, tenants won’t live in fear of being evicted without the landlord giving a reason and with just two months’ notice. New open-ended tenancies will be created where private renters can stay as long as they want in their home, with the landlord having to prove a legitimate reason to repossess. And it means that we’ll have the confidence to ask for repairs without worrying we’ll be kicked out.

All the details of the new open-ended tenancy need to be ironed out and we’ll be working with the government to get these right. You can read more about the Government’s announcement on our blog:

Thanks for everything

The End Unfair Evictions Coalition

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.


2019-04-15 11:40:58 +0100

Petition is successful with 50,656 signatures

2018-08-21 17:48:47 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

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

20,000 signatures reached

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

10,000 signatures reached

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

5,000 signatures reached

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

1,000 signatures reached

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

500 signatures reached

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

100 signatures reached

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

50 signatures reached

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

25 signatures reached

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

10 signatures reached