Indefinite Delay of Section 21 Eviction Ban: What Landlords Need to Know

In a recent development, the long-awaited ban on Section 21 evictions in England and Wales has faced an indefinite delay. This delay, as confirmed by the government, is tied to crucial reforms within the court system. It’s fair to say this is big news but what does this mean for landlords and the rental market?

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The Renters Reform Bill

The Renters Reform Bill, published in May 2023, is one of the most significant pieces of legislation for private renters and landlords in the past 30 years. The bill had one clear purpose, to bring in a better deal for renters. One of the big talking points of this bill was the planned abolishment of section 21 or so-called “no-fault” evictions.

Why the Delay?

The government's initial commitment to abolish Section 21 evictions without reason was first made back in 2019. However, Housing Secretary Michael Gove emphasised the need to prioritise court system reforms before moving forward with this ban. The government argues that these court reforms are vital to ensure a fair and efficient transition.

Proposed Court Reforms

To meet the government's requirements, substantial court system reforms are necessary. These reforms include digitising court processes for simpler and more landlord-friendly use, prioritising certain cases such as those involving antisocial behaviour, enhancing bailiff recruitment and retention while reducing administrative tasks, offering early legal advice to tenants, and guiding them toward suitable housing solutions. Additionally, strengthening mediation and dispute resolution as an alternative to court involvement is part of the plan.


The delay in implementing the Section 21 eviction ban has been met with criticism from Labour, who have accused the government of making a "grubby deal" with some Tory MPs. This delay may have serious implications for tenants, potentially leaving them at risk of eviction.

Leading figures in the property industry have reacted to this delay. William Reeve, CEO of Goodlord, points out that while landlords were beginning to soften their stance on Section 21 abolition, court system pressures have long been a significant concern.

What does this mean for Landlords?

The indefinite delay of the Section 21 eviction ban underscores the government's commitment to a fair transition for both landlords and tenants.

For landlords, the delay of the Section 21 eviction ban brings both challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, the delay means that landlords can continue to use Section 21 for the time being, allowing them to retain a degree of flexibility in managing their properties. It also offers a reprieve for those who may have concerns about the impact of the ban on their rental business.

On the other hand, the delay also means that some of the unanswered questions for landlords will, for now, remain unanswered. For landlords, it's essential to stay informed about future developments, including the implementation of court system reforms and the possible eventual abolition of Section 21.

To support our landlord clients, we will continue to monitor developments in the legislation and court system reforms. It remains essential to stay informed to ensure compliance with changing rental laws and to navigate any potential disputes with tenants effectively.

If you’re in need of advice, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our lettings team today.

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