A couple occupying a central Westminster house, on an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, have been issued with a Section 21 notice giving them just eight weeks to vacate the property.
Theresa and her husband Philip moved into the property in June 2016 and have been under constant threat of eviction ever since.
Matters appear to have come to a head today, when the couple’s new landlords, ERG Property Services Limited, issued them with a Section 21 notice requiring them to vacate the property within two months.
Speaking to the press, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire used the case to illustrate why he is pushing for changes to the law to abolish Section 21 notices.
“Abuse of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, stops families from putting down strong and stable roots in their community,” he told reporters.
“As illustrated by the case of the Mays, unscrupulous landlords can use these notices to evict tenants on short notice and when no-fault is apparent.
“That is why I am pleased to announce that the government plans to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions in England, meaning private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice.”
ERG Property Services Limited, who completed the purchase of the Downing Street address and several other Westminster properties over the weekend, declined to comment.