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A government plan to ban no-fault evictions in England will backfire, landlords say, as lower-income tenants will find it harder to rent homes. Proposals to scrap section 21 notices would mean landlords could no longer evict tenants without a reason after their fixed-term tenancy period ended. The plan aims to give tenants security and halt "revenge evictions" when tenants are thrown out for complaining. But a landlords' trade group says its members will be more choosy over lets. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) said its survey of 6,400 landlords suggested that 84% of its members would be more selective, picking tenants on higher incomes and leaving those earning less to fight over fewer properties. Full story

18 July