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All change for landlord and tenant

Two major initiatives which have recently been announced by the government look set to create major problems for rural businesses and estates.

The more general change, announced on 15th April, has attracted much interest in the national press. In a move which will tilt the balance between landlord and tenant even further away from the property owner, the government has opened a consultation on legislation to end “section 21 evictions” which can be used at the end of a fixed term tenancy. According to Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP: “As part of a complete overhaul of the sector, the government has outlined plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions – so called ‘no-fault’ evictions. This will bring an end to private landlords uprooting tenants from their homes with as little as 8 weeks’ notice after the fixed-term contract has come to an end.

This will effectively create open-ended tenancies, bringing greater peace of mind to millions of families who live in rented accommodation. Many tenants live with the worry of being evicted at short notice or continue to live in poor accommodation for fear they will be asked to leave if they complain about problems with their home.