Michael Gove Unable to Guarantee Ban on No-Fault Evictions Before Next Election, Despite UK

UK Housing Secretary admits no-fault eviction ban may not happen before next election, raising concerns over renters' rights and the government's commitment to tackling the housing crisis.

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Michael Gove Unable to Guarantee Ban on No-Fault Evictions Before Next Election, Despite UK

Michael Gove Unable to Guarantee Ban on No-Fault Evictions Before Next Election, Despite UK

Michael Gove, the UK Housing Secretary, has admitted that he cannot guarantee a ban on no-fault evictions in England will be implemented before the next general election. The Conservative Party first promised to end the practice, which allows landlords to evict tenants without needing a reason, in their 2019 manifesto. "I hope it will be on the statute book by the time of the next election, but I can't guarantee that," Gove said regarding the progress of the Renters Reform Bill that would abolish Section 21 evictions.

The government has faced criticism for watering down some of the planned protections for renters in the bill, party, government has argued that the bill in its current form is significantly weakened and will maintain a power imbalance in favor of landlords.

Labour has accused the government of lacking the courage to protect renters' rights as promised and called for the immediate implementation of the no-fault eviction ban. The government has indicated it will delay enacting the ban until the court system is improved to handle an anticipated rise in legal cases. Over 80,000 households have faced homelessness due to Section 21 evictions since the Conservatives' pledge to abolish it five years ago.

Why this matters: The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ban on no-fault evictions leaves many renters vulnerable to housing insecurity and potential homelessness. The delay in implementing this key manifesto promise raises questions about the government's commitment to protecting tenants' rights and tackling the housing crisis in England.

Gove stated that the pace of the Renters Reform, Bill, Current, Form, Security will depend on what happens in the House of Lords after it receives its third reading in the Commons. He expressed hope that with the support of opposition parties, Section 21 evictions could still be ended before the general election. However, pressure from Conservative backbench MPs, some of whom are landlords themselves, has forced the government to make a series of amendments to the bill that campaign groups argue render it unacceptable in its current form.

Key Takeaways

  • UK Housing Secretary admits no-fault eviction ban may not be implemented before next election
  • Conservative Party first promised to end no-fault evictions in 2019 manifesto
  • Renters Reform Bill weakened, maintaining power imbalance in favor of landlords
  • Over 80,000 households faced homelessness due to Section 21 evictions since 2019
  • Delay in implementing ban raises questions about government's commitment to tenant rights