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New Coalition calls on Government to end unfair evictions in England

Em Morley - December 16, 2020

19 leading organisations supporting private renters have formed a new Coalition. The Renters Reform Coalition is calling on the Government to deliver a fairer housing system for private renters.

The Coalition is made up of national housing charities, campaigners, renters unions, advice centres and think tanks. It is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill to end Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, improve the condition of privately rented homes, and create a system within which renters feel empowered to stand up for their rights.

It states that the pandemic has brought to light the flaws in the UK’s housing system and that everyone needs a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.

The Government’s ban on evictions comes to an end on 11th January. The coalition is calling for the Government to extend these protections to renters under tier 2 and 3 restrictions and keep tenants safe for the duration of the pandemic.

The Coalition wants to work with Government and others to ensure that the Renters’ Reform Bill redesigns the housing system and ensures all renters have access to a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.

Bridget Young, Programme Manager at the Nationwide Foundation, said: “The Government has pledged to end Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, and one year ago we welcomed its plans to reform private renting in the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill.

“This bill is an opportunity to redesign our housing system, creating a fairer balance between renters and landlords. Implemented correctly, these reforms are also a chance to improve the safety, security and condition of privately rented homes.

“We are looking forward to working with the Government and other partners, to take this opportunity to deliver a more just housing system. The Coalition is a broad group but we are united in our belief that everyone needs a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.”