Removal of Section 21 could see 20% drop in rental stock

Ryan Fowler

September 30, 2019

The abolition of Section 21 could lead to a 20% decline in rental stock across the private rental sector, with those on housing benefit or Universal Credit worst hit with a 59% reduction in available properties, research from Capital Economics, commissioned by the National Landlord Association, has found. 

The research also found that rental costs could also surge on some 13% of properties.

Tom Gatzen, the co-founder of room share platform ideal flatmate, said: “For far too long there has been an overreliance on the rental sector to house those that can’t afford to buy as a result of the Government’s consistent failure to provide more affordable housing.

“We’ve already seen the rental landscape evolve with more renters having to rent rooms rather than outright properties due to high financial barriers, and the abolition of Section 21 will only see this increase as demand grows and the number of available properties declines.

“While the latest shake-up of the sector has been done with the best intentions of tenants at its core, such a drastic move needs to be better thought through and complemented with additional policy changes, to ensure the sector remains viable for the landlords that form its foundations.

“As it stands, those most in need are in line to be hit the hardest, while the rest of us will see yet more of our income go towards covering our rent.”

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