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Ben Quaintrell of estate agency group My Property Box comments on calls for an immediate ban on no-fault evictions
Ben Quaintrell, founder and managing director of North East estate agency group My Property Box, said: “Most responsible people in the industry accept the reasoning behind the scrapping of Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions as part of the wider Renters Reform Bill.
“However, this can’t be done in isolation and must go hand in hand with a tightening up of Section 8 evictions following a tenancy agreement breach.
“I understand why charitable organisations are frustrated at the slow progress of the Renters Reform Bill and are now asking for an isolated ban on no-fault evictions, but this would have a knock-on effect if introduced without also introducing fair and balanced improvements to the wider system.
“Currently, landlords who legitimately need to evict a troublesome tenant, whether because of anti-social behaviour, damage, or long-term arrears, face a long and overly complicated process to reclaim their property, one that can take well in excess of six months. This process urgently needs streamlining and simplifying.”
“Abolishing no-fault evictions shouldn’t affect too many investor landlords, as they tend to be content with a reliable tenant who abides by the rules. However, it’s a completely different story for ‘accidental landlords’, those who are renting out the family home having moved away for work or who have inherited a property. Without no-fault evictions, this category of landlord will simply be unable to reclaim their property as long as those renting continue to abide by the tenancy agreement.
"Instead such homes will instead be sold, further restricting the supply of properties to the rental sector, where demand already exceeds supply."
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