John Heron

Landlords want fast-track housing tribunal introduced if Section 21 is abolished

Some 39% of landlords want the government to introduce a fast-track housing tribunal if the Section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction process is abolished, according to the latest research.

Paragon’s PRS Trends Report for Q2 2019 featured the views of more than 200 landlords.

The government annonced in April plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions.

It claimed this would bring an end to private landlords removing tenants from their homes with as little as eight weeks’ notice after the fixed-term contract has come to an end.

Almost a quarter of respondents (24%) called for a shorter court process.

Some 15% would like a guaranteed way to cover their costs, while 7% wanted to be able to submit evidence online.

Meanwhile, 84% said they felt the maximum time from serving notice to taking possession should be no longer than eight weeks.

John Heron, director of mortgages at Paragon (pictured above), said: “Some of the main concerns for landlords around a move to the Section 8 eviction process relate to the efficacy of the existing court process. 

“What we see here is widespread support for a fast-track housing tribunal that can deliver a fair and timely solution for both landlords and tenants.”

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