Monday briefing: Landlords' eviction powers to be curbed

Monday briefing: Landlords' eviction powers to be curbed

Landlords??? right to carry out no-fault evictions at short notice will be curbed. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Campaigners hail greater security for tenants ??? Gatwick chaos may have been caused by insider ??? and beware of spoilers as we recap Game of Thrones

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Main image: Landlords??? right to carry out no-fault evictions at short notice will be curbed. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Top story: ???I can finally feel safe???

Hello, it???s Warren Murray helping you launch into a new week.

The government has announced plans to scrap ???no-fault evictions??? in a move welcomed by housing campaigners. Private landlords in England would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason.

One tenant ??? who was turfed out of a succession of homes under the ???section 21??? process ??? has told the Guardian the proposed law ???means I can finally feel safe ??? I turned 73 this year and I don???t want to move again???. Shelter called it ???an outstanding victory??? for renters, meaning they will not face snap evictions with as little as eight weeks??? notice if they complain about the poor quality of their accommodation.

On the flip side, landlords are being promised a speedier eviction process if a tenant has failed to pay the rent, has damaged the property, or if the landlord wants to sell or move in. Labour???s shadow housing minister, John Healey, said the government must also protect against landlords forcing tenants out by stealth via unaffordable rent rises.


Gatwick ???inside job??? claim ??? The drone attack that brought Gatwick airport to a standstill in December might have been carried out by someone working there, according to police. They say the perpetrator picked a drone that was invisible to a detection system the airport was testing. Gatwick???s chief operating officer, Chris Woodroofe, told Panorama the attacker was also familiar with the airport???s operations, and had a clear view of the runway or possibly access to internal communication networks. He dismissed criticism that closing the airport was an overreaction: ???It was terrible that 140,000 people???s journeys were disrupted, but everyone was safe.???


Hillsborough horror lingers ??? Liverpool is remembering the victims of Hillsborough today as it marks the 30th anniversary of the stadium disaster. Silence will fall on the city from 3.06pm, the time of the crush that killed 96 men, women and children. A public service will be held at the city???s Anglican cathedral, and bereaved families will have a private service at Liverpool???s home stadium, Anfield. Traffic will stop in the Mersey tunnels, ferries will sound their horns and the town hall bells will toll 96 times. It all comes 12 days after a jury at Preston crown court convicted Graham Mackrell, Sheffield Wednesday???s then secretary and safety officer, of failing to take reasona