The RLA's Policy Manager John Stewart reports on what the RLA has been doing to protect members' rights in the face of government proposals to abolish Section 21. In this article John thanks members for taking time out to respond to surveys and providing the evidence base upon which our campaigning is based.
On 1 December 2017 the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber took over from the sheriff court in dealing with all private rented sector (PRS) disputes. This in effect created a Housing Court. This paper considers how the new system has fared north of the border.
Section 21 has provided an important assurance to landlords that they can regain possession of their property in legitimate circumstances. In response to proposed reform, the RLA launched what has become the largest ever non-government survey of the PRS to establish what Section 21 means to landlords, agents and those supporting the supply of private rented properties.
The RLA has been aware of pressure to reform legislation which impacts on the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Yet Section 21 is a commonly used mechanism by landlords: This note reviews the 2018 Quarter 4 survey to better understand the reasons why Section 21 is needed.