End unfair evictions

UPDATE, 18 June 2018:

Our campaign to end unfair evictions has developed into a coalition with ACORN, London Renters Union and New Economics Foundation. 

There is a new petition up on 38 Degrees - please take a look and sign it here

 

 

ORIGINAL TEXT 

A little-known law lies at the root of everything that is wrong with private renting. It's called Section 21. 

It lets landlords evict tenants without giving a reason. 

It's why a tenant can do everything that is asked of them and still not feel like they have a home. They can be asked to leave with two months' notice.

It's why investors have been so eager to put all their money into property. If they want their money back, they can just evict the person who's been paying their mortgage off.

It's why there is so much bad practice and shoddy conditions in the private rented sector. If a tenant makes a fuss, they're out.

It's the Number One cause of homelessness. 

Renters are not just a convenient source of income - they are people who need a home. If the government scrapped Section 21 and gave more protection to the tenant, it would discourage landlords from selling up or churning their properties, give tenants more of stake in their home, and provide compensation for blameless tenants who are forced to move out.

Read more about evictions and our proposals to reform them here.

Please sign the petition on this page and write to your MP here.

We, the undersigned, call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to give private renters stability and certainty in their homes by requiring landlords to give a reason for evicting a tenant, to compensate evicted tenants who are not at fault, and not to raise the rent by more than inflation.

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