Ban on ‘revenge evictions' passed by parliament

  • The House of Lords has passed a law to ban ‘revenge' evictions after a campaign fronted by housing charity Shelter.

    The law has been passed as part of the Deregulation Bill makes any eviction invalid where the tenant has made a complaint about housing conditions when the landlord had not responded adequately, reports Inside Housing. /images/briefing/paytherent.jpg

    This means that where a landlord gives notice seeking possession through a ‘Section 21 notice' following a complaint about the condition of their home, it will no longer be possible to evict that tenant and a court must strike out any attempt to evict under those circumstances. 

    According to research by Shelter over 200,000 renters face this type of eviction every year.

    The law will apply in England but will not apply in Wales as housing matters are now devolved there.

    Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "We're thrilled that politicians from all the parties have finally taken a stand for renters across the country today by banning revenge evictions once and for all. Hundreds of thousands of people will no longer face the appalling choice between living in a home that puts them or their family in danger, or risking eviction if they complain. This is an important step towards protecting renters across the country, but there is still more to be done. As we approach the general election, all politicians need to show renters they will continue to do everything they can to fix our broken rental market for good."

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