Passed through as part of the Deregulation Bill, this is a new housing law designed to prevent landlords evicting tenants who complain about the conditions in their homes.
The move was instigated following claims by housing charity Shelter that over 200,000 renters face revenge evictions every year, and Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather’s private members’ bill, the Tenancies (Reform) Bill.
[blockquote align=’right’]Landlords and landlord groups vigorously opposed the measure, claiming the statistics quoted in support by several charities and tenant campaigning groups were seriously flawed, and that the law would become a lawyer’s and rent dodger’s charter[/blockquote]
Though Sarah Teather’s Bill failed in the Commons in November, LibDem Lords picked it up and tagged it on to the Deregulation Bill.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive told 24dash.com:
“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.
“Thank you to the thousands of Shelter supporters who backed our campaign and asked their MPs to end this unfair practice. 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.”
Landlords and landlord groups vigorously opposed the measure, claiming the statistics quoted in support by several charities and tenant campaigning groups were seriously flawed, and that the law would become a lawyer’s and rent dodger’s charter.
The new law, which includes changes to section 21 eviction notices and the tenancy deposit rules should receive Royal Assent at the end of March and is likely to become effective from October 2015.
House of Lords Pass Revenge Eviction Law Preventing Eviction of Tenants who Complain about Conditions of Property – http://t.co/UUvtca9lFz
— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) March 17, 2015