Lobby group: ‘Tenants should be paid £1,700 to move out when served no-fault notice’

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Lobby group: ‘Tenants should be paid £1,700 to move out when served no-fault notice’

Tenants should be able to challenge Section 21 notices and get compensation if they’re forced to move home for reasons outside their control, says Generation Rent.

The campaign group is calling for measures to challenge ‘mandatory’ evictions when a landlord wants to sell and to help tenants fund the £1,709 that it costs an average household to move home.

Generation Rent says Section 21 is used by landlords when selling up, who can also abuse it to re-let at a higher rent, or to avoid making repairs.

40,000 households

Its research shows that more than 40,000 households in England have been threatened with homelessness by landlords using no-fault eviction grounds in the two years since the government promised to abolish them.

Between April 2019 and March 2021, councils dealt with 557,030 cases of homelessness, of which 91,710 were private tenants facing eviction. Of these, 44,040 households were facing eviction due to their landlord selling up, re-letting or evicting following a complaint by the tenant – representing 0.9% of England’s 4.7m private renter households.

The Prime Minister’s local borough of Hillingdon has the second worst rate in the country, with 29 in every 1,000 private renter households having faced homelessness after complaining about disrepair, or after their landlord decided to sell or re-let their home.

Alicia Kennedy, director of (pictured), says: “Being forced to move for reasons outside your control creates unimaginable stress, uproots you from your community and disrupts children’s education. Right now, landlords need no reason to inflict this on their tenants.

“The government has rightly committed to the abolition of Section 21 evictions, but this is too late for the thousands of renters who have faced homelessness while the reforms have been delayed.”

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WARNING: Plans to nationalise Berlin rental market to have ‘global effect’

Berliners have voted to forcibly buy housing owned by large property companies in the German capital in ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - WARNING: Plans to nationalise Berlin rental market to have ‘global effect’ | LandlordZONE.

WARNING: Plans to nationalise Berlin rental market to have ‘global effect’

Berliners have voted to forcibly buy housing owned by large property companies in the German capital in a bid to combat rising rents. 

While delegates at the have been debating rent controls in Brighton, Berlin tried and failed to establish a rent cap in January 2020 – but this step is an even more dramatic approach.

If approved, Berliners’ vote to take public ownership of private property could have ‘worldwide ramifications’ and set a precedent for similar initiatives worldwide.

The non-binding referendum, which got 56% support, would mean the local government would buy 11% of the city’s properties to make housing more affordable by transferring about 226,000 apartments into public hands.

The proposal applies to property companies that have more than 3,000 rental units, however, which owns more than 100,000 units in the city, says it doesn’t expect the transfer will happen, and that such a move would be ‘unconstitutional’.

Tied up

The firm says: “Funds and resources would be tied up for decades in compensation payments and thus be lost to the construction of urgently needed housing and further investments in the infrastructure of the growing city.”

More than 84% of the population of Berlin are tenants and are paid an average salary lower than other major cities, yet rental prices have increased markedly in recent years.

The neighbourhood of Mitte is the second most unaffordable neighbourhood in Germany, according to estate agent, where someone earning the average salary would need to spend 61% of their net income on rent.

It says a rental burden of more than 40% of the household income is defined as financial overload, meaning that the average earner is priced out of 17 out of 19 Berlin neighbourhoods. 

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