Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Heritage took a motion to July’s Full Council to highlight the insecurity many Nottingham renters face, praised the Council’s Safer Housing Team for the good work they do, and called on the Government to do more to give renters better protections.
The motion focused on Section 21 evictions and welcomed the Government’s move to scrap the practice. In Nottingham in 2016 – 32% of housing was private rented, up from just 22% in 2011. The campaign Group Generation Rent suggests that 216 households evicted every week in England under section 21 are becoming homeless.
Cllr Woodings said: ‘As I announced at our last Full Council meeting, we welcome the Government announcement to consult on the scrapping of section 21. This will end ‘no fault’ evictions in England that have caused misery and hardship for millions of private renters and eroded our communities.
‘Colleagues in the Council, along with many of the housing charities such as Shelter and Crisis have been calling for Section 21 to be abolished for years.’
Nottingham City Council has a strong track record on trying to improve the situation for renters in the city; introducing a new licensing scheme to help improve the quality of private rented accommodation in the city and setting up a Safer Housing Team which carries out regular inspections of private accommodation.
Cllr Woodings continued: ‘Our Safer Housing Team does essential work every day throughout our city to deliver on our commitment to ensure everyone get decent, quality housing and ensuring Nottingham renters know their rights.’
‘Nottingham City Council wants to see a well-functioning private rented sector, including homes that are in good repair and protection for good tenants.’
The motion also welcomed the action taken by the Scottish Government to restrict no-fault evictions and resolved to back the campaign to abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 by lobbying the government and by submitting evidence to the formal consultation in support of this change in the law.