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For those who might not be familiar, Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 in the UK allows landlords to evict tenants without providing a reason, commonly known as 'no-fault' evictions. This has been a contentious issue for many renters, leaving them feeling vulnerable and uncertain about their housing stability. 

Recently, there have been discussions and proposals to ban Section 21 evictions in Wales. This move is seen by many as a step towards strengthening tenant rights and providing more security for those renting homes. 

One of the key arguments in favor of banning Section 21 evictions is the need to address the power imbalance between landlords and tenants. Currently, landlords hold significant authority in determining the terms of tenancy and can terminate agreements with a 6-month ‘no fault’ eviction notice, leaving tenants in precarious situations. By abolishing Section 21, tenants would have more stability and security in their homes, knowing that they can't be evicted without valid reasons. 

However, it's important to acknowledge that there are differing opinions on this matter. Some landlords argue that Section 21 provides them with necessary flexibility and protection, especially in cases where tenants breach their agreements or fail to pay rent. They fear that banning Section 21 could make it more challenging to deal with problematic tenants and potentially discourage investment in rental properties. This, in turn, would decrease the value of rental properties, and less investors means less available rental properties. 

Moreover, it's worth noting that the proposed ban on Section 21 evictions in Wales aligns with similar movements and initiatives in other parts of the UK. This signals a broader shift towards recognizing the importance of housing as a fundamental human right and taking concrete steps to protect vulnerable renters. As we await further developments on this issue, I'm hopeful that policymakers in Wales will listen to the voices of renters and landlords before creating changes, which could end up becoming more of a problem! 

Keep up to date with the Rent Smart Wales spring newsletter, which covers all topics from ‘Adequate Housing’ to ‘Guidance with Serving Notice’, here. 

Ben McEvoy