Government amendment could have major consequences for landlords

A government amendment which could have major implications as to how landlords and letting agents deal with repairs is due to be debated on Wednesday. The proposed ‘retaliatory eviction’ amendment could mean a six-month delay in serving a Section 21 notice where a tenant has complained in writing about the state of a property. Critics of the amendment have expressed concerns that savvy tenants could play the system by making repeated complaints to delay the eviction process. Under the proposed amendment, the landlord or letting agent would have to respond ‘adequately’ to the complaint within 14 days.

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