Private Rented Housing:Written question - 68106

(Birmingham, Northfield)
Asked on: 15 March 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect tenants in the private rental sector from potential retaliatory evictions.
Answered by: Gavin Barwell
Answered on: 23 March 2017

The Deregulation Act 2015 introduced protection for tenants against retaliatory eviction. Where a tenant makes a genuine complaint about the condition of their property that has not been addressed by their landlord, their complaint has been verified by a local authority inspection, and the local authority has served either an improvement notice or a notice of emergency remedial action, the landlord cannot evict that tenant for 6 months using the ‘no-fault’ eviction procedure under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The landlord is also required to ensure that the repairs are completed.

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