Thursday 4th July 2019
Almost four out of ten adults would like to see the government introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction process is scrapped, new research shows.
According to Paragon’s PRS Trends Report for Q2 2019, which surveys the views and experiences of over more than 200 landlords, 39% of landlords would like to see a fast track housing tribunal introduced if Section 21, introduced in The Housing Act 1988, is abolished as planned.
The government announced its intention to abolish Section 21 in April this year, which would mean that landlords could no longer give tenants two months’ notice of their intention to take possession of a property at any time after the initial fixed term of the tenancy agreement has expired.
In its place, the government proposes that landlords should follow the Section 8 process which requires them to demonstrate that tenants are in breach of their rental agreement when serving notice.
Alongside a fast track tribunal, almost 24% of respondents to Paragon’s survey said that they would like to see a shorter court process, 15% would like a guaranteed way to cover their costs, while 7% argued for the ability to submit evidence online.
Some 84% of landlords said they felt the maximum time from serving notice to taking possession should be no longer than eight weeks.
According to the MHCLG’s recent English Private Landlord Survey, the vast majority of tenancies end at the tenant’s request.
John Heron, director of mortgages at Paragon, said: “Some of the main concerns for landlords around a move to the Section 8 eviction process relate to the efficacy of the existing court process.
“What we see here is widespread support for a fast track housing tribunal that can deliver a fair and timely solution for both landlords and tenants.”