Tenants will be given stronger protections against rogue landlords.
The government introduced proposals that would stop the small minority of rogue landlords who evict tenants simply for asking for essential repairs to be made.
Protection against retaliatory eviction
Whilst the vast majority of landlords offer a good quality professional service, a few rogues shirk their legal responsibilities and use the threat of eviction to silence tenants from rightly speaking out against sub-standard and dangerous accommodation.
The government published amendments to the Deregulation Bill, which will extend the existing restrictions on a landlord’s powers to evict, where they don’t protect a deposit or have a licence they are required to hold, to situations where a health and safety hazard has been identified by environmental health officers.
Today’s measures would stop the small minority of rogue landlords who, rather than meet their legal duty to keep their properties at a reasonable standard and remove health and safety hazards, instead evict their tenants.
The move is also designed to strike the right balance, so they only target bad landlords and cannot be used by tenants to frustrate legitimate evictions. And it avoids excessive regulation, which would push up rents and restrict supply in the private rented sector, reducing choice for tenants.
Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
“We’re determined to create a bigger, better private rented sector – a key part of that is to tackle the minority of rogue landlords that blight the lives of their tenants.
That’s why I’m proposing changes to the law that would outlaw ‘retaliatory evictions’, so tenants don’t face the prospect of losing their home simply for asking that repairs be made.”