New tenant protection Bill passed

8 April 2010

Following a campaign by Crisis, Shelter, the CIH and Citizens' Advice, a new law has been passed protecting tenants whose landlords are repossessed.

PRESS RELEASE: 8TH APRIL 2010

HOUSING CHARITIES DELIGHTED BY NEW LAW TO PROTECT PRIVATE TENANTS

Four leading housing charities have warmly welcomed the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants) Act, which was passed into law today (08.04.2010).

The Act will offer valuable protection to private tenants who face eviction with little or no warning, and through no fault of their own, because their landlord has defaulted on mortgage payments and the lender has taken possession of the property.

Today's change in the law will give the courts the power to delay possession for up to two months to allow tenants time to find a new home.

Crisis, Citizens Advice, Shelter and the CIH have been jointly lobbying for the change to the law for over a year. The organisations believe the legislation will help thousands of private tenants who previously had no protection if their landlord was repossessed.

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said: "This Act ends a clear injustice whereby private tenants who have paid their rent on time can be evicted without notice if their landlord is repossessed. We are extremely grateful to all political parties for offering this vital legislation cross party support, and especially to Brian Iddon MP and Lord Best for their commitment to protecting vulnerable private tenants."

Citizens Advice chief executive David Harker said: "This is great news for private tenants, too many of whom have become the forgotten victims of repossession. Citizens Advice Bureaux advise over 1,000 tenants a year who face sudden homelessness because of this gap in the law. We are very grateful to Brian Iddon MP and Lord Best whose persistence, with cross party support, has ensured that this Bill has made it to the statute book. It is now essential that the Act's provisions come into force as quickly as possible."  

Crisis chief executive Leslie Morphy said: "This is a major victory for an often overlooked group. Government attention has for too long been focussed solely on homeowners, finally we have protection for 324,000 tenants who are also vulnerable to homelessness during the recession. We are extremely grateful for the cross party support the Act has received and in particular the commitment of Brian Iddon MP and Lord Best to driving it through."

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Sarah Webb, said: "We are extremely delighted that parliament has closed this legislative gap and given private sector tenants whose landlord is repossessed the necessary legal protection which has been long overdue. We would like to thank Brian Iddon MP and Lord Best for their tireless effort in steering this Bill through both Houses, which will give thousands of tenants much needed peace of mind."

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