Landlords have warned Michael Gove, the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, that he has a full in-tray of ‘to do’ tasks for the private rented sector as he returns to run the department.
Gove (main picture, on the right) met with his Cabinet colleagues yesterday to kick off the PM’s tenure in office, which will now last two years until another General Election must be called.
Ben Beadle (pictured), who is Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, says that although his organisation wants to congratulate Gove on his return to housing, there are many issues that require remedy, and already-announced initiatives that need progressing.
Top of his in tray will be progressing with the plans he previously worked on to reform the private rented sector, including ending Section 21 repossessions,” says Beadle.
“Our survey data shows that most [landlords] can envisage operating without Section 21 provided other proposals, such as on court reform and reformed grounds for possession, have their confidence.
“We will work constructively with the new Secretary of State to ensure the final reform package has the confidence of responsible landlords and tenants alike.
“This includes the need for action to tackle anti-social tenants, scrapping plans that would decimate the student housing market, and reforming the courts to ensure legitimate possession cases are dealt with more swiftly.”
Section 21 anxiety
As our joint LandlordZONE/Landlord Action webinar yesterday proved after just shy of 2,000 signed up to watch it, anxiety among landlords and the wider PRS is running high over Section 21 evictions being banned.
As Paul Shamplina explained during the 45-minute webinar, landlords are still waiting to hear from the Government how they will evict tenants who build up significant rent arrears without good reason without having to wait months and spending thousands on court and bailiff action.
Hopefully Gove will be able to reveal his department’s plans for the Renters Reform Act soon.
Watch Shamplina’s view on what will happen when S21 is gone