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Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour "immediately"

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private rental sector reforms.

In a section titled ‘Break Down Barriers To Opportunity’ it says:

“Security … means having a secure roof over your head. That is not the case for too many renting their homes privately. Labour will legislate where the Conservatives have failed, overhauling the regulation of the private rented sector. We will immediately abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, prevent private renters being exploited and discriminated against, empower them to challenge unreasonable rent increases, and take steps to decisively raise standards, including extending ‘Awaab’s Law’ to the private sector.”


And in a section titled ‘Strong Foundations’ it sets out its broader housing commitments:

“The dream of homeownership is now out of reach for too many young people. The Conservatives have failed to act even though the housing crisis is well known to be one of the country’s biggest barriers to growth. Labour will get Britain building again, creating jobs across England, with 1.5 million new homes over the next parliament.

“We will immediately update the National Policy Planning Framework to undo damaging Conservative changes, including restoring mandatory housing targets. We will take tough action to ensure that planning authorities have up-to-date Local Plans and reform and strengthen the presumption in favour of sustainable development. 

“Labour will support local authorities by funding additional planning officers, through increasing the rate of the stamp duty surcharge paid by non-UK residents. We will ensure local communities continue to shape housebuilding in their area, but where necessary Labour will not be afraid to make full use of intervention powers to build the houses we need.

“Labour will take a brownfield first approach, prioritising the development of previously used land wherever possible, and fast-tracking approval of urban brownfield sites. But brownfield development alone will not be enough to meet our housing need.

“Labour is committed to preserving the green belt which has served England’s towns and cities well over many decades. Under the Conservatives, greenbelt land is regularly released for development but haphazardly and often for speculative housebuilding. Without changing its purpose or general extent, Labour will take a more strategic approach to greenbelt land designation and release to build more homes in the right places. The release of lower quality ‘grey belt’ land will be prioritised and we will introduce ‘golden rules’ to ensure development benefits communities and nature.

“In partnership with local leaders and communities, a Labour government will build a new generation of new towns, inspired by the proud legacy of the 1945 Labour government. Alongside urban extensions and regeneration projects, these will form part of a series of large-scale new communities across England.

“Housing need in England cannot be met without planning for growth on a larger than local scale so we will introduce effective new mechanisms for cross-boundary strategic planning. Labour will require all Combined and Mayoral Authorities to strategically plan for housing growth in their areas. We will give Combined Authorities new planning powers along with new freedoms and flexibilities to make better use of grant funding.

“Labour will further reform compulsory purchase compensation rules to improve land assembly, speed up site delivery, and deliver housing, infrastructure, amenity, and transport benefits in the public interest. We will take steps to ensure that for specific types of development schemes, landowners are awarded fair compensation rather than inflated prices based on the prospect of planning permission.

“Labour will deliver the biggest increase in social and affordable housebuilding in a generation. We will strengthen planning obligations to ensure new developments provide more affordable homes; make changes to the Affordable Homes Programme to ensure that it delivers more homes from existing funding; and support councils and housing associations to build their capacity and make a greater contribution to affordable housing supply. 

“Labour will prioritise the building of new social rented homes and better protect our existing stock by reviewing the increased right to buy discounts introduced in 2012 and increasing protections on newly-built social housing.

“Labour wants exemplary development to be the norm not the exception. We will take steps to ensure we are building more high-quality, well-designed, and sustainable homes and creating places that increase climate resilience and promote nature recovery. We will implement solutions to unlock the building of homes affected by nutrient neutrality without weakening environmental protections.

“Labour will work with local authorities to give first-time buyers the first chance to buy homes and end the farce of entire developments being sold off to international investors before houses are even built. And we will introduce a permanent, comprehensive mortgage guarantee scheme, to support first-time buyers who struggle to save for a large deposit, with lower mortgage costs.”

  • Kristjan Byfield

    I'm surprised by this. Said no one. Will we live to regret Conservatives not getting the RRB over the line pre-election? Quite possibly.

  • Matthew Payne

    They can't do it immediately, the whole bill has to start again from scratch, next Spring possibly if they get a wriggle on.

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    They will have an immediate eviction ban probably.

    The manifesto actually states:


    Matthew Payne

    Would still require legislation and something like the Coronavirus Act that would give them emergency powers, but it sets a very dangerous precedent if a govenment starts doing that for routine business, effectively bypassing democracy. Not sure it would wash in the Lords. I am assuming the word immediately means they would start the process immediately, as technically it would mean they would need to do it on the 5th July to stay true to that pledge which obviously isnt possible.


    I would have thought Matthew that the legislation is already drafted, and if they have a huge majority in the House of Commons it will just be enacted.

    The relevant committees were simply informed by letter when it came to the Coronavirus legislation.

    Matthew Payne

    It still to follow a process of debate, consulation, readings, committee, lords etc etc and none of that wiill start until the parliarmentary recess ends in September.


    The Coronavirus legislation was fast-tracked through Parliament in four sitting days.


    The proclamation that was issued mentions the 9th July for return doesn't it?

    Whereas We have thought fit, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which stands prorogued to Friday, the thirty-first day of May: We do, for that End, publish this Our Royal Proclamation, and do hereby dissolve the said Parliament accordingly: And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Members of the House of Commons, are discharged from further Attendance thereat: And We being desirous and resolved, as soon as may be, to meet Our People, and to have their Advice in Parliament, do hereby make known to all Our loving Subjects Our Royal Will and Pleasure to call a new Parliament: and do hereby further declare, that, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, We have given Order that Our Chancellor of Great Britain and Our Secretary of State for Northern Ireland do respectively, upon Notice thereof, forthwith, issue out Writs, in due Form and according to Law, for calling a new Parliament: And We do hereby also, by this Our Royal Proclamation under Our Great Seal of Our Realm, require Writs forthwith to be issued accordingly by Our said Chancellor and Secretary of State respectively, for causing the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons who are to serve in the said Parliament to be duly returned to, and give their Attendance in, Our said Parliament on Tuesday, the ninth day of July next, which Writs are to be returnable in due course of Law.

    Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this thirtieth day of May in the Year of our Lord two thousand and twenty four and in the second year of Our Reign.



    And God save us all from a Labour government.


    Ha ha ha! AL - so funny!

  • Hit Man

    Wow it's all on their wish list, my question is how will the funded TAX RISES MAYBE.

  • Billy the Fish

    It sounds like picking sweets in the property candy shop. What happens if none of this happens?

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    Immediate means from Day 1 of a Labour administration, I would have thought.

  • jeremy clarke

    Here come the commies!
    We must not let them into power. Kneel starmer is the puppet, he will be ousted within weeks in favour of the red headed woman and her band of lefties!


    How can they be stopped?

    By a pact between the Conservatives and the Reform party?

  • Michael Day

    More planning officers paid for by unspecified increase in SDLT surcharge for non residents - currently 2%

    Depending on amount - may impact on certain markets such as central London.

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    they can start the process on 'day 1' but it will need to go through the full parliamentary process. Even then, it will probably only apply to new tenancies as legislation is seldom retrospective.

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    An eviction ban would be passed very quickly if the situation is categorised as an emergency.


    I don't see how, by any stretch of the imagination, this can be classed as an emergency. During Covid, yes, that was an emergency but this is not.
    I am getting worried that Labour are going to get in, and worryingly Reform seems to be climbing the polls too. I'm not a fan of any politician, but theses two parties worry me, especially reform...

  • David Fulcher

    Surely the last lot failed to ban S21 because the next lot blocked it. Meanwhile how do councils need funding for planning officers, a post that surely makes profit with £624 application fees per unit, £211 /m2 CIL charge, etc etc. Even allocating a street number on a new house cost me £250 a few years ago.

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    Once labour have the keys to No. 10 do you really think they will have to make renters a day 1 priority?

    They'll already have got tenant vote by then and will have 4 and half years or so before they have to worry about those votes again, and by which time the electorate will have forgotten /forgiven their 2024 electoral pledge failures.

    Yes, they will reform the lettings sector but hopefully they will take the time to get it right rather than rush something through. After polls close on July 4th Labour do not need to act on anything on 'day 1'.


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