Landlords in Gedling borough will be banned from turfing out tenants without a good reason under new plans announced by the government today (March 15).
At present a landlord can evict private sector renters from their home after their fixed-term contract has come to an end at any point.
Landlords do not have to give a reason for eviction and can give as little as eight weeks’ notice. This is known as the Section 21 process.
But the Prime Minister has called these types of evictions “unfair,”and said that renters should have the right “to feel secure in their home.
She said: “Everyone renting in the private sector has the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community and able to plan for the future with confidence.
“But millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification.
“This is wrong – and today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions.”
Landlords will still be able to end tenancies if they have a good reason, for example, if tenants don’t pay rent or damage a property.
But the government is also planning to extend current legislation to allow landlords to evict tenants if they want to sell the property or move in.
These are known as Section 8 notices. The government will now consult on how these rules will work before changing any laws.