Nowadays, there seemed to be a greater number of young renters which somehow affects the concept of intergenerational fairness.
Being a privately-owned house renter often has downsides, one of which is getting evicted with only a short notice. Recently, a new policy was created by the government. Housing protests have long wished to get rid of the “no-fault” eviction policy.
What is the “No-Fault” Eviction?
The policy refers to forcibly evicting renters even when they didn’t violate any terms on the agreement for as long as the renter reached at least six months of residency in that same property. In other words, landlords get to exercise their right to get rid of tenants living for more than six months with only a short notice. This notice can be issued under the 1988 Act, Section 21.
Also, landlords can increase the worth of land properties exponentially since there is no ceiling regarding land prices. This can contribute to renting inflation. With these circumstances, renters who are evicted are forced to move and pay for transferring fees. The families’ dislocation causes distress not only to themselves but to the community they belong as well.
As a result, children’s education is compromised.
What Needs to be Done?
Right now, the government is giving more power to land and homeowners because of the “no-fault” eviction policy. This branched out to several more problems that only contributed to intergenerational injustice.
However, change still lies in the government’s hands.
First, the government has the power to restrict eviction notices for tenants properly abiding by the agreement of tenancy. Second, they can establish a price ceiling for existing rental properties. If these two things are enacted, the families’ minds can be relieved and finally settled.
It is time for the government to revise the policy to let the families, especially the youth, live in peace.