Joanne calls for an end to Section 21 evictions

The latest Government figures have revealed that 462 households in Enfield and 316 in Haringey were threatened with homelessness between March 2018 and April 2019, after being issued with a section 21 eviction notice. London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, is calling upon the Government to abolish the use of section 21 or ‘no-fault’ evictions in the Private Rented Sector as matter of urgency to protect vulnerable local families at risk of homelessness.

A section 21 notice enables a landlord to end an assured shorthold tenancy with two months’ notice, without having to provide a reason for the eviction.

The latest Government figures reveal that between March 2018 to April 2019, 3,300 households in the capital were threatened with homelessness and owed a prevention duty by their local authority after being served a section 21 notice.

The latest data from the Ministry of Justice also shows that Enfield has the highest level of recorded evictions of any local authority in England and Wales.

In July 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched a public consultation on its proposals to abolish the use of section 21 notices. The MHCLG expect any changes to come into force by late 2020 or early 2021 and have highlighted that this will also be dependent on where other Government priorities may take precedence.

London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It’s simply wrong that families can be evicted from their homes in this way with no real reason and with just two months’ notice. That’s why we need to scrap Section 21.

“I welcome the consultation on abolishing no fault evictions, and it is now crucial that the Government wastes no time in turning this into law.

“This would be an encouraging step towards giving renters better rights.

“There is also no reason why the Government should not go even further and introduce other protections for renters in the capital, such as open-ended tenancies and rent controls.