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Housing campaigners call on MPs to vote to block retaliatory evictions


Picture: Michele Keilty: Campaigners hope MPs will vote for a bill to limit retaliatory evictions

By Gordon Chaston

Housing campaigners are calling on MP’s to vote on a bill to block retaliatory evictions against private renters.

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill, a private members bill introduced by Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, hopes to delay rogue landlords from evicting tenants who request repairs. Currently landlords are able to issue Section 21 notices giving tenants two months to vacate their homes without reason.

Activists are concerned about low turn out for next Friday’s vote when MP’s are normally at their constituencies and are asking local residents to pressure them to be available and vote in favour of the bill.

Hackney Renters wrote on their website: “Of all the injustices suffered by private renters on a regular basis, being evicted for making a complaint about your home is one of the worst. Continue reading

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Government supports bill making it harder to evict tenants

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, The support people receive should depend on their situation

Pic credit, Frances Deacon: Gabriel Le, the support people receive should depend on their situation

By Adrian Whyatt

The Government has announced it will support Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather’s bill to restrict revenge evictions against tenants who complain about poor conditions.

The Tenancy Reform bill is likely to ban landlords from evicting their tenants by serving a no-fault ‘Section 21’ notice. Under these notices landlords can give tenants 2 months notice to leave without needing to give any reason. The Bill is likely to ban landlords from doing this within 6 months of a local authority improvement or hazard awareness notice. It is also likely to prevent landlords from evicting tenants in response to a legitimate, written complaint about the condition of the property which the local authority considers legitimate. Continue reading

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