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A private tenant is handed a Section 21 eviction every seven minutes in England, according to homeless charity Shelter.

It is said almost 230,000 private tenants have been served with a S21 since the government first committed to scrap this form of eviction in April 2019 revealed in Shelter’s recent statement.

Some radical reform ideas for the private rental sector have been floated by the Social Market Foundation in a recent report, including a fixed minimum contract of 24 months and also allowing tenants to have greater control of their homes overall. 

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is pressing ahead with its ambitious mandate, providing £650,000 to Blackpool in an attempt to thwart the city’s issues with rogue landlords.

A statement from the department says: “Longstanding neglect by some local landlords has led to Blackpool experiencing some of the worst housing conditions in the country, with at least one in three properties classified as 'non-decent'.

The pledge comes from North East Lincolnshire council which has announced it has adopted the Lettings Legislation Penalty Notice policy.

It has stated this will give the Council’s Trading Standards officers “powers to crackdown on landlords that surprise tenants with hidden costs” with fines of up to £30,000.

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