Activists including Generation Rent are to lobby MPs this afternoon, to complain against eviction notice periods in England reverting to pre-Covid levels.
The Renters’ Reform Coalition - officially a group of 20 campaign groups, but operating from the Generation Rent address - has dubbed today “Renters Day.”
Sue James, chair of the coalition, says: “The pandemic has painfully reminded us of the importance of a safe and secure home, yet the lifting of the eviction restrictions takes that basic need further away.
“Private renters cannot go back to the status quo - of high rents, unsafe homes and insecure tenancies. It’s time to make private renting better, not worse.
“More than two years since the government’s original pledge to abolish section 21, renters are still waiting for a fairer system. Now that Parliament has returned, we have a once in a generation opportunity to ensure the private rented sector is secure and safe.”
The government is reinstating the pre-Covid notice periods for evictions in England from October 1.
Therefore landlords giving notice to evict via either a Section 21 or Section 8 notice will need to give two months’ notice - it will no longer be the six months period required under Coronavirus legislation, which will remain in force until October 1.
James says her coalition wants an end to what she calls “unfair” evictions, the introduction of open ended secure tenancies, and the creation of a national register of landlords to raise standards.
There are also three very broad demand to “stop illegal evictions, end discrimination in rented homes, [and] tackle the affordability crisis.”
Promotional material ahead of today’s lobby - released to try to persuade activists to attend - says: “Right now, renters can be evicted for no reason by their landlords, under section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act.
“The notice period landlords must give has been extended during the pandemic but will revert to two months.
“Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions can prevent renters from feeling safe in their homes or asking for repairs, and are a leading cause of homelessness. Losing a home can be traumatic, stressful, and challenging for anyone, but for renters struggling to make ends meet, this can add to the difficulties they are already experiencing.
“The government pledged to end section 21 in 2019. Since then, coronavirus has only reinforced the importance of a safe and secure home that they can afford. For many private renters, this basic right is currently out of reach.”
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