Landlords who were relieved when the Tenancies (Reform) Bill failed to progress last Friday can’t sleep easy quite yet – the quest to end “revenge evictions” now appears in the Deregulation Bill.
This government bill aims to ‘[free] UK businesses from red tape and [make] life easier for ordinary Britons’.
The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the bill that will bring campaigners’ fight to limit landlords’ use of section 21 back to life.
The amendment mirrors the two most important clauses of the Tenancies (Reform) Bill:
1) Six months’ protection for victims of revenge eviction. And for renters living in homes so poor, the council has intervened.
2) Key safeguards and exemptions for law-abiding landlords.
Shelter said that while there were other key clauses it would like to see included, particularly time limits on section 21 eviction notices, there will be an opportunity to include these when the government and the opposition table their own amendments to the bill.
Last Friday, backbench Tories Philip Davies and Christopher Chope talked out or “filibustered” the debate, leaving MPs with no time left to vote.
The Deregulation Bill will return to the House of Lords in mid-January. Shelter has warned that: “This fight is far from over.”