The government’s ban on no fault evictions has been postponed until the courts have been reformed.
What are no fault evictions and what was the planned ban?
The ban is part of the government’s Renters Reform Bill, and was set to stop landlords from taking back their property from a tenant without reason, thus offering more security to renters.
What’s the hold up?
The government promised to outlaw no fault evictions in their 2019 manifesto, with the plan being confirmed in May of this year.
However, there has been much debate about striking an adequate balance between security for renters, and retaining the rights for the landlord to swiftly get back possession of their own property.
Many Tory MPs opposed the ban, raising the question from The Liberal Democrats as to whether such MPs are landlords and therefore have a personal interest in opposing the ban.
In response, many MPs have argued that the bill will only do damage to the rental market, by reducing the number of rental properties available.
The government’s official stance is that the ban is to be postponed until improvements have been made to the judicial system.
Mr Gove, the housing secretary said that “although 99% of tenancies end without involving the courts, a fast and efficient court system is critical in making sure the new system works in practice.”
The government have not confirmed when the ban will be reassessed, and how an improvement to the judicial system will be judged.
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For more information on the no fault eviction ban, read this article from Sky News.