Why is retaliatory eviction not against UK Law?

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    Originally posted by boletus View Post
    The linked article makes no mention of retaliatory eviction so is taking things well off topic but the proposals you link to are straight out of the socialist schoolboys book of renting.
    I am not saying that I agree or disagree with that linked article, it was simply an example of what has been discussed recently, and if Labour return to government, maybe even as part of a coalition, then changes could come into effect.

    The listed items would clearly have impact on the use of S21, retaliatory eviction would become very much more difficult, so I don’t agree with you that it is ‘well off topic’.
    I also post as Mars_Mug when not moderating


      A no fault means to bring about the end of a tenancy (s21) simply evens the relationship - as, outside the initial period,
      the tenant can end the lease with a short amount of notice for any reason.
      s21 is simply the form for the landlord to do the same thing.

      Simple economics mean that a landlord usually does not want to end a working lease.
      Not wanting the disruption of moving usually means the tenant doesn't want to move for no reason.
      If it's not working - because the tenant wants something the landlord can't afford or simply doesn't want to do - both parties have the means to end the lease.
      The tenant suffers inconvenience and the landlord suffers lower revenues.

      "Retaliatory eviction" and "retaliatory notice by the tenant" seem to me to be essentially the same thing.
      It's just that tenants don't see the landlord's "suffering" and the landlord doesn't see the tenant's, so each side thinks the other is being unreasonable.

      Evicting someone just to put the rent up (which looks like what Labour are trying to defend against) seems to me to be simply bad planning by the landlord,
      who should build in some kind of mechanism to keep the rent in line with the market rate and/or increased cost of ownership.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


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