Section 21 Accelerated Possessions hit an all-time high.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has released its landlord possession statistics for October to December 2015, which reveals total evictions last year reached a record high of 42,728.  Whilst overall possession claims fell during the year to 148,043, the number of accelerated possession cases continued their upward trend reaching 37,663 in 2015, up 4.5% on 2014 (from 36,025) and up 10.5% on 2013 (from 34,080).

Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action, specialists in landlord possession services, says the rise in evictions and use of Section 21 accelerated possession procedure is a stark insight into the severity of the UK’s housing shortage, and a reflection of the impact increased legislation is having on the private rented sector.

He comments: “Rising rents and welfare cuts are undoubtedly to blame for the growing number of evictions. With a shortage of affordable properties, particularly in the capital, the imbalance of supply and demand has pushed rental inflation well beyond the levels at which tenants’ wages have risen.  Many simply can’t keep pace and are falling into arrears.  We’re seeing more subletting scams and cases of tenants renting out properties on holiday websites in order to cover their rent than ever before.”

According to MoJ, the proportion of claims made using accelerated procedure has increased from 7% in 1999 to 25% in 2015. There are several reasons for this according to Mr Shamplina.  “Rising house prices, uncertainty over future buy-to-let tax implications and concerns over increased legislation (such as Right to rent and Deregulation Act) have been the catalysts for many self-managing landlords to consider selling up.  They use Section 21 as a way to gain possession of their property as quickly as possible.”

In other circumstances, where tenants are in arrears, Landlord Action says many landlords still opt to use a section 21, instead of Section 8.  Some landlords feel they won’t be able to collect rent arrears so this allows them automatic right of possession without having to give any grounds (reasons) once the fixed term has expired.  Other landlords are being forced down the Section 21 route because local councils are advising tenants to remain in properties until a possession order has been granted by the courts.  This means they can apply for re-housing and do not make themselves “voluntarily” homeless.
“A section 21 usually enables landlords to gain possession much quicker on a no-fault basis, so they can re-let the property, which is often more financially viable than chasing arrears.  I believe use of the

Section 21 process for landlords will continue to grow year on year because of councils’ pushing the problem back onto private rental sector landlords” adds Paul Shamplina.

Christopher Walkey

Founder of Estate Agent Networking. Internationally invited speaker on how to build online target audiences using Social Media. Writes about UK property prices, housing, politics and affordable homes.

You May Also Enjoy

Estate Agent Talk

What Are The Factors To Appreciates The Real Estate Property Prices

Are you planning to sell your home? Are you buying a home? Whatever the scenario is, there are some things that you need to look after. In case you are selling your house, you have to set the price on the basis of those factors, or you need to ensure that all these things are…
Read More
Breaking News

WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP – 01/07/2022

A roundup of the week’s top property and proptech news stories in partnership with Proptech-X   Table of ContentsHide On The Market: Housing market starts to rebalance as remarkable buyer and seller confidence prevails Renting to Students: TDS Poll Confirms Common Issues and Reasons for Disputes in Student Lets LexisNexis and Coadjute partner speeding property market…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

How can Cash House Buying Agencies thrive in 2022?

Like many other industries in the world, the UK property market is constantly evolving. Industry players therefore need to keep a keen eye on the key markers that define the state of the industry. As 2022 ushers in new changes and realities, industry players like cash house buying agencies need to arm themselves with current…
Read More
composite gates
Home and Living

Composite Garden Fencing / Gates – Pros & Cons

As much as many of us enjoy great relationships with our neighbours, we do also relish privacy between our properties / boundaries. Years ago I remember rows of gardens with no more that a wire fence with wooden posts separating each with some having missing sections and even those totally without. Many neighbours would have…
Read More
Breaking News

BREAKING PROPERTY NEWS – 30/06/2022

Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   Zoopla names new members of its Lettings Advisory Board, selected to support its goal to help inform how industry responds to a fast-evolving policy environment for agents, landlords and renters Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination, is pleased to announce new members of…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

Why Your Multifamily Building Needs An Access Control System

Being responsible for a multifamily building requires keeping safety a priority. Security can be a concern in a building with multiple people coming in and out, which is why your multifamily building needs an access control system. There are many reasons why an access control system can be of use to a dwelling with more…
Read More