Letter to the Evening Standard: a victory for the #EndSection21 campaign

April 17th, 2019

Full version of my letter about the government consultation on ending no-fault eviction which was published in the Evening Standard on 17th April 2019:

Dear Editor,

This week, the Government announced that it will be launching a consultation on ending section 21 or ‘no fault evictions’ in the private rented sector.

Whilst this is long overdue, this is hugely positive news for renters and a testament to the hard-fought End Section 21 campaigns of housing charity, Shelter and Generation Rent.

For too long, Londoners in the private rented sector have been at the mercy of landlords wielding the disproportionate power to carry out short-notice evictions without good reason.

With the proportion of private renters in London set to grow to 40% in the next six years, this is one step towards providing proper stability and security for tenants.

Going forward, it is vital that the Government safeguards the most vulnerable renters by capping rent rises to prevent unscrupulous landlords from exorbitantly hiking rents to force tenants out.

Yours,

Tom Copley AM
Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson