The Haart lettings agency says the government’s plan to abolish landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers may not be a bad thing.
The agency says it’s got “a more balanced view” of the decision than those in the industry who oppose the move.
“Many in the industry are horrified by the prospect of the abolition of the Section 21 notice, but we feel there is a more balanced view on the matter” claims Paul Sloan, operations director for the agency.
“Any proposal which increases security for a tenant will spell some good news for the rental industry, as tenants can feel truly at home in their rented property and establish roots in their community” he says.
“It is of course in a landlord’s best interests to have long-term, good quality tenants, so the value of this cannot be underestimated.
“From the landlord’s point of view, if the [alternative] Section 8 notice process doesn’t change, and quickly, then that could cause problems. But we are convinced a faster and more streamlined system will spell good news for the sector.
“A reformed Section 8 notice will essentially mean that landlords can use the correct channels to evict problematic tenants, meaning that they do not have to circumnavigate the right processes to ensure a timely and efficient outcome.
“The change will also mean that tenants have an additional level of security, which could attract even more ‘lifestyle renters’ to consider the long-term benefits of renting a house they can truly call home.”