In 2019, the government announced its intention to repeal section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This is the provision that allows landlords to end assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) by notice, without having to demonstrate possession grounds. Progress towards this proposed reform was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic but the government has now announced that a white paper will be published in the autumn that will set out proposals to “create a fairer private rented sector that works for both landlords and tenants”.
One area that will be affected by the repeal of section 21 is supported housing and temporary accommodation, where ASTs are used in a number of cases. The NHF has therefore discussed with members potential ways forward for supported housing and temporary accommodation, and has made and continues to make representations to the government on the implications of the repeal of section 21.
The NHF will work with government to make sure the range of members’ views are taken into account as progress towards Renters’ Reform develops. So that we can represent your views to government as it prepares the White Paper, we are seeking feedback from you on our proposed course of action. We have outlined our intentions in a consultation paper.
We would be grateful if you could read the consultation on our proposed course of action and send feedback using the details below by 19 July 2021.
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