Repeal of section 21 – seeking member views on the Government’s consultation

This briefing shares the implications of, and seeks feedback on, the proposed repeal of section 21. Please share your views by 5 October to feed into our sector response.

19 September 2019

Earlier this year the Government announced its intention to repeal section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

Section 21 is the provision that allows landlords to end assured shorthold tenancies by notice, without having to demonstrate the usual possession grounds. 

The Government's consultation makes it clear that it is committed to the repeal of section 21, so it does not seek views on the principle involved. It does, however, raise a number of issues about the implications of the repeal, alongside some other issues about the operation of assured tenancies.

This briefing:

  • provides an outline of the consultation 
  • gives an overview of how section 21 is currently used by housing associations
  • sets out the consultation’s implications for housing associations, and indicates the Federation’s initial thinking on a sector response.

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Download the Government's consultation paper

So that we can respond to this consultation on behalf of the housing association sector, we are seeking views from our members. Please contact John Bryant, Policy Leader, to share your views by 5 October. This is so that there is time to take them into account when we write the Federation’s official response.

Housing associations can also respond directly to the Government by its deadline, 12 October.