Article 21 should be deleted

The government is expected to announce that the deportation powers of Section 21 will be removed in new legislation to be brought before parliament later this year.

After months of speculation and exhaustive lobbying by activists from pressure groups such as Generation Rent and the charity Shelter, the announcement is set to feature in the Queen’s Speech.

The Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, says the pledge will certainly be made alongside the pledge to introduce a tenant reform bill.

The FT says: ‘Rather than a stand-alone Tenants Bill, officials hope the legislation will be included in a wider ‘Leveling Bill’ introduced by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Leveling, to the housing and communities.

The FT continues: “In [2019] Ministers have launched a consultation on the repeal of Section 21 of the Housing Act, but its suspension has been repeatedly pushed back. The move comes at a time when the cost of living crisis and rising rents have put financial pressure on tenants after government support for employees and tenants was withdrawn during the pandemic, which left many others exposed. According to property portal Rightmove, the average asking price for rents in London rose by 14% in the year to April, and by more than 10% in the rest of England.

The Queen’s Speech will announce around 20 bills, including an Economic Crime Bill, a Financial Services Bill and a Media Bill.

However, the FT says some proposed reforms have been shelved, including a bill to change audit and corporate governance rules, and a competition bill to give statutory powers to the fledgling unit digital marketplaces to design codes of conduct for tech companies.