Constructing resistance to 'no-fault' evictions: A comparative analysis of the response to rental reforms across the UK

Craig Gurney, Tom Simcock

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Abstract

Across the UK the regulation of the private rented sector is diverging, re-converging, and under significant reform. Scotland has already implemented the end to "no fault" evictions for new tenancies, while in England the Government has recently announced plans to end S.21 "no fault" evictions. In contrast in Wales, the Government has recently consulted on extending the required notice period under the "no fault" S.173 of the Renting Home (Wales) Act 2016 to 6 months. These reforms have received different responses from stakeholders from across the UK, with a conciliatory debate in Scotland, and more defensive resistance in England and Wales. Using a social constructionist framework, we undertake a critical discourse analysis of published responses to these actual and proposed reforms and highlight the contours of resistance to rental reforms by stakeholder organisations across the UK. We consider how this resistance is articulated identifying techniques, tools and tropes. We further consider the implications of these findings for research on the use of evidence by different policy networks to inform housing related policy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2020
EventWales Housing Research Conference 2020 - Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jan 20209 Jan 2020

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ConferenceWales Housing Research Conference 2020
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period9/01/209/01/20

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Gurney, C., & Simcock, T. (2020). Constructing resistance to 'no-fault' evictions: A comparative analysis of the response to rental reforms across the UK. Paper presented at Wales Housing Research Conference 2020, Cardiff, United Kingdom.