Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering introducing legislation to outlaw ‘retaliatory eviction’ of tenants who complain to their landlords about poor housing conditions.

Jonathan Bramhall of the DCLG’s private sector property division, told the conference that, following a consultation on the private rented sector concluded in March, the government would announce by the summer any new laws, it wished to introduce.  One way to protect tenants, he speculated, would be to block landlords from evicting using Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, if the property contained health-threatening hazards.  Simon Gordon, consultant to the Residential Landlords Association, told the conference that  “The Government should be very careful about touching that”, calling the Section 21 a ‘Holy Grail’ for landords.

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