Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, Sarah Teather, has decided to table a Private Members’ Bill, which would make the practice of retaliatory evictions illegal. A “retaliatory eviction,” a phrase coined by tenants’ campaign groups, is when a landlord issues a Section 21 notice to end the tenancy of a tenant who either made a complaint about faults or asked for repairs to be done to the property.
The bill, if passed, would prevent evictions within six months of a tenant requesting a repair job. This has understandably led to speculation that bad tenants looking to exploit the system would benefit just as much, if not more, than genuine victims of retaliatory eviction.
The bill is supported by Tim Farron, President of the Liberal Democrats, who said, “Consumer power in an undersupplied market is minimal. Creating fairer rules around evictions will break the silence that traps too many renters from getting the home improvements they need, making the system work better for both landlords and tenants.”
Housing charity Shelter, who claim that over 200,000 people a year are served with an eviction notice following a complaint to their landlord about a problem that they were not responsible for, are also backing the bill.
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