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Introduction | As a valued member of Shergroup’s landlord community, it is important for landlords to stay informed about the latest developments in legislation that affect the UK rental sector. There is no doubt that both before the pandemic and during the UK lockdown’s the Government has wrestled with the continued shortage of rented housing for a growing population of renters.
In response the Government has enacted a recent amendment to Section 8 and the survival of no-fault evictions in the UK. In this blog, we will explore the implications of these changes and how they may impact your rights and responsibilities as a landlord.
Background | In May 2023, the UK government made revisions to Section 8 of the Housing Act, introducing reforms that directly affect the eviction process for residential properties. Prior to these changes, no-fault evictions were a commonly used method for landlords to regain possession of their properties. However, with the new legislation in place, it is crucial to understand the revised procedures and their potential impact on your role as a landlord.
Key Changes | The most meaningful change brought about by the recent amendment is the abolition of no-fault evictions, which were previously permissible under Section 8 of the Housing Act. This means that landlords can no longer rely on a no-fault ground to seek possession of their property.
Instead, the new legislation has strengthened the grounds for eviction, placing greater emphasis on the reasons for seeking possession. Under the revised Section 8, landlords must provide substantial evidence to support one or more of the seventeen grounds specified in the Act in order to pursue an eviction.
It is important to note that the grounds for eviction now include factors such as rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, damage to property, and other breach of tenancy obligations. The revised legislation prioritizes the rights of tenants and aims to strike a fair balance between the interests of landlords and tenants.
From our vantage point as both lawyers and enforcement professionals we continue to see huge delays in the civil justice system which could not cope with the amount of business it was transacting pre-Pandemic – and this situation has continued into deeper decline as a result of the Pandemic.
What we try and do through our legal team – Shergroup Legal – is to serve Notices, issue Claims for possession and ask for permission to transfer any Possession Order to the High Court for enforcement early on in the judicial process.
Implications for Shergroup Landlords | For Shergroup landlords, these changes mean a shift in the way eviction proceedings are approached. No longer can eviction be sought solely on the basis of a no-fault ground. Instead, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the valid grounds for eviction and understand the evidence required to support your case.
Shergroup Legal encourages all landlords to review their tenancy agreements and ensure they are comprehensive, providing clear guidelines on tenant obligations and consequences of breach. Regular communication with tenants and prompt action in addressing issues that arise during the tenancy can also help mitigate the risk of eviction and maintain a healthy landlord-tenant relationship.
We also see a lack of clear legal advice being given to landlords – and so we now offer a half-hour legal clinic at a cost of £150 plus which is designed to check the landlord’s paperwork to ensure they can go forward with a claim.
Keeping abreast of the latest updates and attending relevant training sessions can also help you stay informed and adapt to the evolving rental landscape.
Conclusion | The changes to no-fault evictions under Section 8 of the Housing Act mark a significant shift in the rights and responsibilities of landlords in the UK. As a Shergroup landlord, it is crucial to understand these changes, familiarize yourself with the revised eviction grounds, and ensure your tenancy agreements are robust and up-to-date.
While these changes may present challenges, they also provide an opportunity to foster better communication and maintain positive relationships with tenants. By staying informed, seeking professional guidance when needed, and adapting to the new legal framework, Shergroup’s community of landlords and their advisors can navigate the evolving rental landscape successfully and uphold their rights while promoting fairness and accountability within the sector.
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Last updated | 19 July 2023
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