Legislation banning reforming Section 21 could be introduced within six months.
Prime minister Theresa May said that a consultation into repealing Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act will be published “shortly with a view to introducing legislation later this year”.
The timescale suggests that the ban could be in place as early as next spring. Once in place, it would mean that landlords and their agents could no longer reclaim rental properties without having a specific, legal reason.
Speaking to delegates at a housing conference in Manchester, May said that the Conservatives’ “truly radical reforms have come in our work to support those who rent.
“We are rebalancing the relationship between tenant and landlord, making major changes that will make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of millions of families.
“In the private sector we have already capped the size of rent deposits and abolished letting fees, cutting the amount tenants have to find up-front and making it harder for landlords and agents to take advantage of desperate house-hunters.
“Now we are going further.
“So we are bringing to an end the practice of so-called ‘no fault’ evictions.”
In the same speech, May also slammed ‘rabbit hutch’ new homes, saying that the next government “should be bold enough to ensure the Nationally Described Space Standard applies to all new homes”.
She said that would end the “era of too-small homes that keep the housing numbers ticking over but are barely fit for modern family life”.