Waltham Forest Council is one of the first councils in the country to back the national Generation Rent campaign to stop private sector landlords being able to evict tenants without good reason.
Currently, under the Housing Act 1988, private sector landlords can evict their tenants with just two months’ notice even if the tenant is paying the rent required and hasn’t broken any tenancy conditions.
Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Louise Mitchell, said: “Nationally, half of all 18 to 35 year olds, one in four families with children, and growing numbers of older people now live in privately rented homes.
“One of the key findings of our Homelessness Review is that, in common with much of the country and London in particular, the ending of private sector tenancies has overtaken all other causes to become the biggest single driver of statutory homelessness. With the increase in the number of private rented homes in the borough we anticipate this to grow in the next few years.
“Responsible landlords play an important role in providing much needed homes for our residents. We understand that landlords should be able to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent or break reasonable tenancy conditions.
“However, simply giving two months’ notice before evicting a tenant who is paying their rent and obeying their tenancy conditions is something we think is unreasonable. Tenants are forced to find suitable accommodation quickly with little time to save to meet costs associated with moving.”
“That is why we are proud to be the sixth council in the country backing this national campaign to remove S21 of the Housing Act 1988 so our residents in private rented accommodation are protected against ‘no fault’ evictions.”