So-called ‘revenge evictions’ have been banned by a new law passed by The House of Lords.
The new ruling, which is part of the Deregulation Bill, will prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who complain about the condition of their home or request repairs and maintenance work to be carried out.
The move is backed by housing charity Shelter, who say that more than 200,000 renters face revenge evictions every year.
Prime Minister David Cameron mentioned in a recent speech about affordable housing that his government is proud to be putting an end to revenge evictions.
“What’s more, we are outlawing ‘retaliatory evictions’, so tenants don’t face the prospect of losing their home simply for asking that repairs be made,” the Prime Minister said.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, 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.”
Some landlords and landlord groups vigorously opposed the new law however, claiming the statistics quoted by several charities and tenant groups were seriously flawed, and that the law would become a rent dodger’s dream.
Now the Deregulation Bill has passed, the next step is for it to receive Royal Assent just before the General Election.
Landlords – let us know how you think the new law will affect the private rented sector?