The following question relates to English housing law.
Following on from the news today that the government plans to abolish section 21 evictions I was wondering how this affects my current circumstances.
For the last 4 years I have lived in a property which I rent. My financial dealings are with a letting agent who act on behalf of the landlord.
When we moved in initially we were required to sign a 12 month contract. Before the end of the 12 month contract we were served a section 21 and told that if we wanted to stay we would need to sign another 12 month contract rather than allowing the existing tenancy to roll on. This has continued since I've lived here.
I imagine the main motivation behind this practice is two fold:
- It guarantees the property is filled for another year
- It allows the letting agency to charge extortionate signing fees every year.
Will this change in law effectively mean that my letting agent/landlord can no longer do this, i.e. I can actually move onto a 'rolling' contract at the end of the 12 month period and therefore also cannot be charged another signing fee?
In the addition to the above how long do acts like this take to pass through law? My contract is up in July this year (2019). What are the chances it will come into force before then?