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End to ‘no-fault' evictions

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason.

The change comes as part of The Conservative Manifesto 2019, which aims to provide “a better deal for renters” which included abolishing ‘no-fault’ evictions.

The white paper was published on 16 June 2022. Its aim is to introduce a simpler, more secure tenancy structure for all.

It also states that a tenancy will only end if the tenant ends it or if the landlord has a valid ground for possession.

In addition, the grounds for possession will be reformed to ensure landlords have effective means to gain possession of their properties when necessary.

New grounds will be created to allow landlords to sell or move close family members into the property. Grounds covering persistent rent arrears and anti-social behaviour will be strengthened.

The change comes after evidence that many renters do not inform landlords of any repairs, or challenge rent increases, due to the fear of eviction.

Ending a tenancy at short notice has a detrimental effect on tenants’ mental health and job/housing security, as well as knock-on effects on children’s education.

These changes aim to bring peace of mind to families, as well as promote a fairer, better quality and affordable private rental market.

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