By Tenants Union (@tenantsunionuk) and GMHA (@gmhousingaction)
Across Manchester, housing that once provided homes for permanent residents is being transformed into accommodation for short stays for those visiting the city. The number of entire houses let on Airbnb, where the host is absent, has trebled across Manchester over the past 4 years from 357 to 1103. Whether it’s rising rents, disrupted communities, noise
complaints or rubbish being left after weekend guests, short term lets are having a serious impact on local communities across the country. Where there is a detrimental effect, can anything be done to stop a house from being used in this way?
It’s no secret that the housing market is stocked in favour of landlords and investors. The Coronavirus crisis has highlighted the true extent of their powerful lobby and its ability to influence government action. The housing crisis we are facing, particularly the longstanding battle against Section 21 no fault evictions, has only been exacerbated by the current pandemic. With minimal government action being taken to protect the health and security of renters, the need for collective action and unionisation is in the spotlight, with the support of our neighbours, friends and community members we can ensure we are equipped with the tools necessary to fight this battle together.
During the COVID-19 crisis the government suspended section 21 evictions. Now, under pressure from the landlord lobby, they are planning on lifting this suspension. This means hundreds of thousands of tenants will now be at risk of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions.
We need the government to end Section 21, to protect tenants from eviction.
But in the here and now, there are a number of tricks a tenant can use to throw out a section 21 on procedural grounds. So when you get a Section 21 - don’t panic.
Landlords often fail to issue the notice correctly. If any of the below hold, it’s grounds for an instant throwing out of the eviction notice.
During the lockdown we are working hard to support people struggling with their housing issues.
We’ve teamed up with Greater Manchester Law Centre to provide informative legal seminars to help you get your head round the law.
Our programme of events are
April 30th - What should I do if my landlord is trying to evict me? Understanding section 21.
May 7th - I’m in rent arrears due to the crisis - what should I do?
May 14th - My landlord is harassing me. What are my rights?