The CIEH says it is time to bring an end to retaliatory evictions

Publication Date: 27th November 2014

Subject: Housing

The CIEH unequivocally supports The Tenancies (Reform) Bill, which seeks to put an end to the scandal of revenge evictions, which has its second reading in Parliament tomorrow (28 November).

There is currently no protection from eviction for renters who report poor conditions to their landlord or local authority. The phrase ‘retaliatory eviction’ is used to describe situations where private landlords, when faced with a request for repairs, serve their tenants with a section 21 notice in order to terminate the tenancy.

Although the Bill enjoys the support of the Government and has cross-party backing, for the Bill to proceed it is critically important that 40 MPs attend the debate.

CIEH members have been involved in drafting of the Bill’s key proposals and environmental health practitioners will play a key part in enforcing its provisions should it become law.

Bob Mayho, principal policy officer at the CIEH, said: “Our members have long supported action to bring an end to revenge evictions. The Bill represents a minor change to existing legislation, but its impact would be significant and transformative for private renters. It will place no additional burdens on responsible landlords and would play an important role in helping to improve conditions in the private rented sector. We hope MPs will play their part too”.

Over 200,000 renters have been evicted or served notice in the past year because they complained to their local council or their landlord about a problem in their home, according to research conducted by Shelter and British Gas.

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill seeks to put a stop to this practice. If successful, renters will no longer have to choose between living in poor conditions and losing their home. Landlords have a legal responsibility to carry out certain repairs and the Bill will restrict a landlords’ ability to evict their tenants when they are not meeting this responsibility. Landlords will no longer be able to evict renters in response to a valid complaint about poor conditions.

Notes to editors: 

  • For media enquiries please contact Brian Cowan on 020 7827 5922 or 07721 456727 or email b.cowan@cieh.org 

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