The government announced that they intend to put an end to ‘no-fault’ evictions. This comes out of the response to the Government’s own 2018 consultation entitled ‘Overcoming the Barriers to Longer Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector’. The consultation identified that there was no tenant consensus around ‘mandating a certain tenancy length’. It additionally noted that the response from landlords was for no change to the current position. The alternative to giving the tenant the security of a longer term tenancy is to remove the ability of the landlord to end a tenancy without a genuine and evidenced reason.
The Government will launch a consultation in the summer with regard to issues surrounding the repealing of section 21. At this point most commentators will identify improved section 8 processes and a thorough review of Grounds available to landlords who, for instance wish to sell as an absolute must.