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Labour claims hundreds of S21s during Lockdown1, despite ban

Labour claims over 350 households in London alone were issued with a Section 21 notice during the first lockdown in spring - and it says this shows why the government should fulfil its pledge to scrap S21 completely. 

The government pledged to outlaw Section 21 evictions in April 2019, and a consultation on the proposal ended over a year ago, in October 2019.

Now Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesman, Murad Qureshi, has written to the government asking for a timeline.


Qureshi has also called for the reinstatement of the mandatory evictions ban, saying: “Shelter is a basic need and a fundamental right, and we don’t want a desperate situation this winter where vulnerable people are once again left on the streets."

He continues: “Even with the evictions ban in place, it is absolutely galling that hundreds of Londoners were forced to seek emergency help from their local council at the height of lockdown after being issued with a section 21 eviction notice.

“Over the last year, the government has failed to honour its pledge to scrap no fault evictions, despite announcing the policy to great fanfare. Ministers must stop dragging their feet on this.”

  • Kristjan Byfield

    3.5m London homes/households, over 1m tenancies.....350 S21 notices. Not exactly a titanic number. 33 boroughs so just over 10 notices per borough. If anything this highlights the fact S21 s are NOT the issue many would have us/themedia/the public think.

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    • 09 November 2020 11:40 AM

    Most S21 are fault based.
    Just that there is nowhere on the legal notice to indicate why it is being issued.

    Most are for RENT DEFAULTING.

    S21 should be retained only for this.
    S8 may be used for ALL other reasons.
    Rent defaulting is hardly subjective.
    The tenant either is or isn't in rent arrears.
    If they are then a revised S21 process would clearly be a fault based repossession.


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