A leading renters’ rights lobbying group has claimed that Section 21 evictions will play a key role in the looming General Election on December 12th.
Generation Rent, which believes that the private rental sector should be reorganised for the safety of tenants rather than the profit of landlords, says several marginal constituencies, including Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency, feature high levels of ‘no-fault’ evictions.
Generation Rent says the problem of ‘no-fault’ evictions is becoming a key campaigning issue.
Its analysis of official government data shows that of the 260,000 families who faced homelessness last year some 27,450 or 10.5% were via evictions using a Section 21 notice.
A further 800 households were evicted after complaining to their landlord, letting agent or council about their property, figures published in The Times reveals.
“For private renters, the most common reason for becoming homeless is that your landlord wants to sell or simply re-let the property,” says Dan Wilson-Craw of Generation Rent.
“Landlords don’t have to prove grounds or help you move.
“The next government would dramatically reduce homelessness by abolishing Section 21 evictions, making landlords foot the tenant’s bill if they want to sell.”
The call to abolish Section 21 is part of a ‘renters’ manifesto’ jointly published by Generation Rent, the London Renters Union, ACORN, the New Economics Foundation, Renters’ Rights London and Tenants Union UK.
It calls for radical reform of private renting and a transformation of the housing system including the abolition of section 21 evictions, the introduction of rent controls and an end to discrimination of tenants on housing benefit.