Landlords’ confidence collapses to a record low after ‘abolition of Section 21’ announcement

Landlord confidence has fallen to a record low, according to the National Landlords Association.

In the NLA’s latest survey, only 29% of landlords said their business expectations for the next three months were good or very good – the lowest level since the quarterly survey began in 2006.

Confidence levels dropped significantly in the second half of 2015 in response to George Osborne’s changes to landlord taxation, but had until now remained above 35%.

The NLA said that the shift in confidence follows the Government’s announcement of its proposal to abolish Section 21 no-fault evictions.

Regionally, confidence is highest in the east midlands and in Yorkshire & the Humber (both 34%), and lowest in the north-east (18%) and central London (19%).

Richard Lambert, CEO of the NLA, said: “With the amount of change that has occurred over the last four years and now the proposal to abolish no-fault evictions without any certainty that the courts will be able to cope with the increase in cases this will create, it’s no wonder that landlords are pessimistic about their future.

“Landlords need to be confident in their own businesses for the private rented sector to function properly.

“Given that it’s expected to compensate for the lack of social housing, it is vital that this confidence is restored.”

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4 Comments

  1. JamesB

    The government has tunnel vision to win generation rent votes to keep their own jobs no matter what damage it does to the market

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  2. Will2

    The May Government seriously mid judged everything from day one losing the majority they had to loosing  traditional conservative voters by playing political games badly like trying to win over left wing political organisation like generation rant and shelter.  The loss of one landlord could mean the loss of perhaps 5 rental properties.

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    1. LandlordsandLetting

      On top of all this, there are proposals for public flogging and humiliation of landlords convicted of contravening certain new laws. Add to this the 5 year Mandatory Landlord Psychological Assessments being considered by the Department of Housing, Communities, Landlord Bashing and Hand Wringing and we have a perfect storm developing.

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  3. HIT MAN

    Section 21 is NOT a none fault eviction it is a kind letter asking the tenants for your property back and given them 2 months to find alternative accommodation, which they shouldn’t have any problem finding as long as they have been good tenants and after all with not fees to pay the world is their “lobster”. I thought the CEO of NLA would have known that!

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