Response to Labour plans for Private Rented Housing
In response to the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP’s proposals to end the use of Section 21 notices in the private rented sector announced at the Labour Party Conference, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said:
“Many landlords resort to Section 21 notices because the alternative procedures take too long to process through the courts.
“The RLA is calling for a new housing court to bring justice more quickly for both landlords and tenants. A root and branch review is needed of the current system which, in the worst cases, takes up to 30 weeks. Any changes must support the provision of homes to rent which the country needs.
“The vast majority of tenants enjoy good relations with their landlords. In the minority of cases where things go wrong however, landlords need the confidence that they can regain possession of a property swiftly when faced with tenants not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour.”
Source of information RLA