The Government has come under criticism from the Mayor of London for “cherry picking” solutions to rental market reform.
Speaking at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum, Vicky Pearlman, senior policy and projects officer, in the private rented sector team at the Greater London Authority, said the Government was falling short on pledges to reform the market.
Pearlman said the Mayor’s office supported proposals to scrap Section 21 but said more needs to be done to redress the balance of power between landlords and tenants.
Pearlman reiterated the Mayor’s housing strategy, launched last year, which calls for the end of Section 21 eviction notices but also suggests a new possession ground to allow a landlord to sell a property, which would require four months’ notice.
The strategy also proposes a landlord should pay tenants a relocation payment worth one month’s rent in the event of a “no fault’ eviction.
Pearlman said: “The Mayor is concerned the Government has cherry picked solutions and patched them together
“We welcome the intentions to increase security for tenants but there is a concern that this is unambitious.”