It's been quite a week since the government announced that they will ban Section 21 evictions, which allows Landlords to evict tenants for no reason. Renters and campaigners from the coalition took to the airwaves to celebrate this important victory. We would like to give special thanks to Alicia, Simon, Eva and Kirsty who talked about their section 21 experiences. “Tenants Rights victory” The story made the front page of the national Guardian newspaper who hailed it as a “Tenants Rights Victory”. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/15/short-notice-evictions-face-axe-in-tenant-rights-victory The Financial Times covered the story with the headline that Landlords were facing curbs. https://www.ft.com/content/6d306a50-5d2d-11e9-939a-341f5ada9d40 Meanwhile the independent called it a major reversal of a policy implemented during Margaret Thatcher’s time in Downing Street https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-no-fault-eviction-powers-landlords-private-rental-thatcher-policy-a8869676.html Continue reading
The End Unfair Evictions coalition is celebrating a campaign victory today as the government announced its plans to abolish “no-fault evictions” under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act and introduce open-ended tenancies for private renters in England. At present Section 21 allows landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason, making possible revenge evictions, where renters lose their homes after asking for repairs or making complaints. Since 2015, some 140,000 tenants have been victims of Section 21 revenge evictions. Section 21 is the leading cause of homelessness in England. Here's how the coalition partners reacted... Continue reading
In less than 9 weeks time voters will be going to the polls to elect their local councillor. These elected representatives get a say in how local services are ran and licensing requirements for the local private rented sector. We want to make sure that local councillors know that private renters in their area want to abolish section 21. That's why across the country we will be running local campaigns to let candidates of all parties know how we feel. We will be writing to all candidates, asking questions at local husting events and speaking to voters in our high streets to get the message out there. If you want to join the campaign then you can sign up here
Fareham Unison have become the first trade union branch in the country to back the End Section 21 campaign. At an AGM of Fareham Unison members, there was a unanimous vote to support the campaign and to call on Regional Officers with Unison to put their weight behind the campaign too. If you're a member of a union branch, local political party or other membership organisation and want to support the campaign you can find our model motion here.
We are delighted to announce that Tenants Union UK have officially joined the campaign to abolish section 21. Founded in 2016, Tenants Union UK are a membership organisation, that "build powerful relationships between renters and tenants and create housing justice through education, advocacy, leadership development and local organising".
As 2018 draws to a close, the pressure on government to scrap Section 21 no-fault evictions continues to grow. Continue reading
Croydon has become the first council in the country to call for the abolition of Section 21. Continue reading
The think tank Onward has published a policy proposal today aimed at helping private renters into owner occupation with incentives for landlords to sell us their houses. Continue reading
As the consultation period on the government's proposals for longer tenancies draws to a close - the deadline to respond is this Sunday - we are handing in our petition to the Ministry of Housing today. It passed 50,000 signatures on Tuesday, helped along by #VentYourRent. And if that wasn't enough to make the government pay attention, new polling from Survation finds that our demands have the backing of the wider public, including Conservative voters. Continue reading
It is less than a month since we launched our joint campaign - with ACORN, the New Economics Foundation and the London Renters Union - to end section 21 no-fault evictions, and we've already had some major successes. Here are four things we can celebrate already. Continue reading