Some three quarters (75%) of landlords say they will be more careful when selecting tenants after the abolition of Section 21.
Once the Section 21 ban comes into force landlords will be reliant on evicting tenants where they have grounds for possession, though it’s uncertain how smooth the process will be.
The government has pledged to establish a new Ombudsman for private landlords and tenants to quickly resolve disputes, potentially allowing landlords to recover their properties without the time-consuming process of going to court.
New grounds for possession will also be established, for example if landlords want to sell or invite a family member into the property.
Surprisingly landlords see more positive about the Section 21 ban than agents, as 60% don’t foresee the it resulting in an exodus of landlords, though 70% agents think it will.
However the majority disagree with its removal, as 68% of agents and 55% of landlords are against the move.
Raj Dosanjh, founder of Rentround, said: “The abolishment of Section 21 is clearly a worry area for agents and landlords, with many disagreeing with the move.
“Due to the additional risk the abolishment will bring to landlords, it’s obvious that many will move to shorter tenancies and more stringent tenant background checks.
“This will make it harder for tenants with blemishes on their record, or those looking to get long term residencies to rent in the future.”
Anti-social reasons behind Section 8 evictions are seen as very limited and long-winded, so it’s thought it needs to be changed so there’s a lower standard of proof, such as neighbour testimonies on how the tenant’s noise has lowered their quality of life.
Some three quarters (75%) of landlords want cheaper court costs, while unsurprisingly nine in 10 (90%) want clear and comprehensive grounds outlined for possession when required.