The Government has been urged to think twice about its proposal to abolish Section 21, because the biggest casualties would be tenants on benefits.
The warning comes from the National Landlords Association.
It found that its members chiefly evict tenants because of rent arrears – the reason given by 57% of landlords.
Some 43% of the total asked, 2,851, said that if the Government presses ahead with its plans to ditch ‘no fault’ Section 21 evictions, they would become more selective when choosing tenants.
Richard Lambert, CEO of the NLA, said: “Rent arrears are the biggest problem that landlords face, and the main reason why they use Section 21 to evict a tenant.
“So if the Government removes what they see as their only safety net – Section 21 – they will have no option but to become more selective.
“That will hit people on Universal Credit, housing benefit and other State benefits which have fallen way behind rents.
“They will become the biggest casualties of this ill-thought-out government policy.”
“It’s surely not right that the most vulnerable in our society should have to struggle to find accommodation because of the Government’s failure to provide landlords with appropriate powers of eviction when faced with rent arrears.”