Below is an extract from Letting Agent Today
“The Deregulation Bill, under which the government is introducing what is effectively a ban on so-called revenge evictions, will be debated in full by the Lords on Wednesday of this week before returning to the Commons for its final reading.
It is very likely that it will be passed by MPs and receive Royal Assent, turning it into law, on March 30.
Amendments to the bill passed by the Lords last month mean that, if the bill becomes law, when a complaint alleging a revenge eviction is received relating to a private rented property, the local authority for the area will contact the landlord to resolve the problem.
It will serve an improvement notice if the landlord is clearly at fault and there is a serious issue with the property.
Agents and landlords will then be prohibted from serving a section 21 eviction notice for six months following the issuing of a local authority improvement notice, and under those circumstances tenants may have the right of appeal against eviction.”