ARLA boss begs agents to speak out over proposed abolition of Section 21 – and not just complain

ARLA Propertymark boss David Cox has urged letting agents to respond to the consultation on repealing Section 21 – something he warned could “break the industry”.

At a webinar yesterday, Cox said agents should not simply complain: “If you want your voice heard, this is the opportunity.”

He said that if over half of the responses expressed opposition, it would make it much more difficult for the Government to enact it.

Cox reiterated ARLA Propertymark’s opposition to the repeal of Section 21 and said he “wasn’t willing to cede” that the repeal would be successful.

He noted, however, that if it was repealed, Section 8 and the current court processes would need to be fixed first.

He said: “Only once that is working should we remove Section 21, rather than go hell for leather and break the industry – because that’s what they will do.”

Cox suggested that letting agents were taking the proposed repeal of Section 21 more seriously after the Tenant Fees Act.

He said: “Many people said it [the ban] would never happen and it did, and they’ve realised that these changes are affecting their businesses.

“It hasn’t had the massive impact on businesses closing that we were expecting – it has unquestionably hit hard, but most businesses have found a way to survive.”

Speaking at the webinar hosted by lettings platform Goodlord, Cox also addressed the Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA).

He said he welcomed this and believed acceptance of its recommendations would reduce the volume of legislation changes that letting agents are currently dealing with.

He said: “If you have a regulated sector, you’re not going to need them all. It’s probably going to save a fortune in compliance.”

Cox said that regulation will improve the standards of the lettings industry.

“We’re going through a period of pain,” he said.

“Agencies who embrace these changes, that are planning for them and getting ahead of them, are the ones that will survive.

“They’ll be stronger and better educated, and their businesses will be better.”

The consultation on the proposed abolition of Section 21 runs until October 12.

It can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-new-deal-for-renting-resetting-the-balance-of-rights-and-responsibilities-between-landlords-and-tenants

Yesterday’s full webinar can be seen here:

https://www.goodlord.co/webinars

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5 Comments

  1. Highstreetblues

    I think David Cox is mistaken by saying that we didn’t take the TFB seriously. Some of us knew it would affect our business’s revenue considerably and complained to our MPs, but the apathy shown by ARLA and other leaders in our industry who accepted “that there was nothing we could do” was overwhelming. Now he has the cheek to ask us to lobby about S21.

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  2. DarrelKwong43

    some of the worst agents, are ARLA registered…

    Just doing a compliance audit on a four properties being bought from a landlord, who used an ARLA agent for the initial let.

    deposit prescribed info, on all four, incomplete, not signed or signed by the wrong person..

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  3. Mark Walker 2

    The government has changed since this was originally mooted to a far right executive, even to the right of the Tony Blair administration.  The idea that THIS government would enact anti-landlord measures is hilarious.  A government which is still polling ahead of the disparate opposition, so isn’t going anywhere.

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  4. DG

    Although I believe this should really be dealt with by our trade bodies/associations, I have completed the survey and would ask you all to do the same.  It takes about 20 mins.

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  5. TOZ4

    My standard tenancy agreement has a 6 month break clause to facilitate termination of a tenancy with a Sec21 notice if the tenants prove to be a nuisance – noise, trashing the place, weed, late rent, anti-social behaviour etc ect…. arguably a Sec8 covers all this stuff but not without a court hearing where provision of unequivicable evidence ie specialist or police reports, environmental health reports ……..and so on……. easier just to serve a Sec21. Even in cases of rent arrears it is easier to to serve a Sec21, where a break clause permitts termination, and persue the arrears through small claims after vacation/eviction, if you can be bothered.

    Bearing in mind that most landlords, in my experience, want long lets, what is going to replace the control that Sec21 affords?

     

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