by Stuart Long | Dawson Hart Solicitors

What is a No-Fault Eviction?

Solicitor Stuart Long from Dawson Hart

A No-Fault Eviction, or Section 21 Notice, is when a landlord does not need to give a reason to end a tenancy, without the tenant breaking any terms of agreement.  In May 2023, it was proposed that these evictions get banned to protect renters from unethical landlords and improve their long-term security.  A ban on No-Fault Evictions was promised in the Conservative Election Manifesto in 2019 and was proposed formally in May 2023, but has been delayed indefinitely. 

Are No-Fault Evictions a problem?

Currently, a No-Fault Eviction is one of two main processes landlords can use to evict tenants.  Renters’ rights groups and housing charities have challenged No-Fault Evictions, claiming they create instability among tenants and discourage tenants to report issues.  The Government’s own reform bill published in May 2023 suggested that a ban on No-Fault Evictions would give confidence to tenants and improve the flexibility of rented accommodation. 

What happens now?

For tenants, this delay is bad news.  As of now, there are little options available for them to challenge a Section 21 Notice, unless they can prove its invalid.  The Government confirmed the ban will be delayed indefinitely until ‘sufficient progress’ has been made with the court system reforms, a £1bn project that’s been given a timeframe of 7 years to be completed. 

How can Dawson Hart Solicitors help you?

If you’ve been affected by a Section 21 Notice and wish to discuss your options, contact our specialist Solicitor, Stuart Long by email:, or direct dial: 01825 747160.

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