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Pro-Corbyn activists to campaign against S21 eviction powers

A collection of rental sector protest organisations is getting together to campaign against S21 powers under which landlords or agents on their behalf can evict tenants.

The group is called ‘End Unfair Evictions’ and whilst its publicity material for a proposed meeting in east London on July 5 does not mention its component organisations, press reports over the weekend suggested they included Generation Rent, Shelter and Acorn - the latter being a body which in the past has held demonstrations outside letting agents’ offices.

The publicity material makes explicit reference in praise of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who “recently restated his support for abolishing section 21”.

The group’s full statement about the meeting reads: “Section 21 – the clause of the 1988 Housing Act that allows landlords to evict tenants without having to give a reason – is the number one cause of homelessness in England, strengthens landlords against renters, makes tenants afraid to complain about poor conditions and fuels the runaway buy-to-let investment market. 

“We must scrap it if we are to make renting a safe, secure and fair alternative to buying a home for the 11 million people in England who rent from a private landlord.

“The national campaign to End Unfair Evictions – launched in June – is already making an impact. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn recently restated his support for abolishing section 21, and Shelter’s position is shifting in favour of our demands too. The government are currently examining the laws on renting and now is the time to escalate the campaign to put pressure on politicians to act.

“At this meeting, we will start to plan some creative ways to take on this unjust law. We will work on media and messaging, demonstrations and direct action, political strategy and lobbying, and policy and research. All are welcome – there will be a role for people with all kinds of campaign skills, as well as those totally new to activism, in this project.”

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    So let's look at reality
    I have tenant b who has been getting drunk and now is mixing with undesirables. Tenants either side have had enough of no sleep and being unable to sit in gardens. One has children who does not wish them to hear the language. Both have said they will leave if tenant b is not evicted.

    Tenant b takes no notice of requests to stop.
    Police have been called out twice but due to data protection can't tell me anything. Neighbours are up in arms.

    Tenant b does not have rent arrears trying to evict via antisocial behaviour is extremely difficult and takes a long time.
    So you would use section 21.

    Until the courts give quicker evictions times section 21 is needed.

    2 months notice and quite often the property an be badly damaged in that time. Many also stop paying rent.

    So tell all the neighbours of problem tenants you intend to make it almost impossible to evict.

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    fuels the runaway buy-to-let investment market.

    Yes these organisations hate BTL.
    If Section 21 is removed it will kill off BTL which is probably the hidden agenda.

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    I will pull out of BTL and let the government house everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    These do gooders need to remember who actually owns these properties. We are not a charity!

    Landlords will not evict tenants on a whim if they are paying their rent and are looking after the property. The Section 21 needs to stay an option to get rid of tenants who are not playing by the rules!

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    I well remember the last time when tenants were given permanent rights of residence. That killed letting properties for may years until section 21 was invented. That was a total disaster for people who could not fund a mortgage to buy. I could get a mortgage but life was bloody miserable for a few years Until Maggie created section 21 and lettings were able to start again.


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