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Consumer group claims government S21 plans don’t go far enough

Consumer charity Citizens’ Advice says government proposals to reform or possibly scrap S21 eviction rights do not go far enough. 

The group says a six-month break clause, enabling landlords to evict tenants who have paid their rent and not broken any of the terms of their contract, is a loophole for landlords.

In its response to the government’s consultation on S21, which closed last weekend, Citizens Advice says unless legislation is watertight and issues such as these are resolved, there's a chance this could lead to section 21 “by the backdoor.”


Its research found that some 57 per cent of tenants who had received a section 21 eviction notice had made some kind of complaint or request for repairs in the six months before receiving it.

Citizens Advice believes this shows that some of the most vulnerable people - who are already disproportionately likely to have problems with their rented accommodation - will continue to face an increased risk of losing their home.

The charity helped 57,854 people with problems connected to the private rental sector in the last year - around a quarter were disabled and 25 per cent of those also had a mental health problem, while 61 per cent of all those helped were women.

The charity is also upset at government proposals allowing evictions if tenants have one month of rent arrears at the time of a possession hearing in court. 

Citizens Advice says this would affect people who have even small and short-term rent arrears, leading to further and more serious problems with debt.  

CA chief executive Gillian Guy says: “Tenants in private rented accommodation come from all walks of life. They need to feel secure in their homes. Like anyone else, they want to put down roots, give their children a consistent education and get on with their careers, without the constant stress of wondering when they might be forced to look for a new place to live.

“We’re fully behind the government’s plan to end to section 21. At the same time, we’re deeply concerned that some of the proposals to scrap it contain loopholes. 

“This risks the unintended consequence that tenants who complain about disrepair, or struggle to make ends meet, remain just as vulnerable to losing their home at short notice.” 

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    As a “citizen “ what advise would they offer me when a tenant defaults on their rent???? Oh sorry I’m a landlord so don’t get rights, they are only for the tenant

    S l
    • S l
    • 15 October 2019 12:58 PM

    Absolutely. The Bath and North East Somerset Council had actively discriminated landlords. They had provided funding specifically for tenants and NOT for landlords to Citizen Advice Bureau in their area and also the Law centre in Bristol!!!

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    • 15 October 2019 11:14 AM

    My complaint is with tenants who refuse to advise of disrepair issues so I can have them fixed.
    I tell all my tenants they must inform me of when things go wrong.
    They rarely do!
    How hard can it be to text the LL!!?
    Mr LL the hot water ISN'T working properly.
    Took me 3 months before I discovered this.
    Had it fixed with a new shower tap unit.
    Tenants are paying for amenity.
    So why DON'T they give LL opportunity to fix things..
    We LL aren't PSYCHIC!!!
    ALL my evictions were for rent default.
    NEVER would I evict for disrepair notification.
    I would just have the disrepair fixed!!
    Like I have in fact done for the past 11 years.
    Tenants already have security of tenure.
    All they have to do is COMPLY with the terms of their TA including S13 rent increases.
    If they can't afford it then vacate!

    S l
    • S l
    • 15 October 2019 12:59 PM

    The security of tenure for them and/or their family is FOR when they are in breach of contract and rent arrrears. Not for those who abide by the contract and pay rent on time.

  • Bryan Shields

    Cits advice & Shelter. I know they mean well. But for the tenants sake, hands off you have done too much damage to ths sector already. And in the end its the tenants are suffering, "the cost" one way or another.


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