The government has halted its plans to implement the abolition of the section 21 procedure of the Housing Act 1988, otherwise known as “no fault evictions”. These plans were a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election but the government has decided to delay the ban indefinitely until court reforms have been implemented by the Ministry of Justice, which are likely to take a number of years. The move to ban section 21 will certainly not happen in the lifetime of this current government but it is yet to be seen whether Labour would revive the plans should they win the next general election.
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Indefinite delay to no-fault evictions
Mr Gove has told Conservative MPs that the ban cannot be enacted before a series of improvements are made in the court system, which is used by some landlords to reclaim possession of their homes.