Letting agents and landlords are to given an early peek at the Government’s plans to reform the private rented sector next week by the housing minister.
Eddie Hughes and ‘red wall’ MP Richard Holden, who is an ardent supporter of turning ‘generation rent into generation buy’, are to front the fringe event on 5th October at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel during the Conservative conference in Manchester.
The event is supported by tenant organisation Shelter, whose chief executive Polly Neate will also be speaking at the gathering.
The programme blub says: “Stable and secure housing has always been essential.
“But it is out of reach for many, a fact only exacerbated by the pandemic.
“How can we use this moment to deliver lasting change to the private rented sector, working with renters and landlord?.
“This event will discuss the future of renting in the context of the return of the Renters’ Reform Bill.”
This will be a rare opportunity for letting agents to gauge how seriously, and how soon, the government expects to launch its looming White Paper on reform within the private rented sector.
This promises to bring in sweeping changes including transferable lifetime deposits, abolishing Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and doing away with Assured Shorthold Tenancies to give renters greater security of tenure, among other things.
It will be interesting to get a flavour of which of these radical tenancies will eventually make it onto the statutes book, something Hughes may shed some light on.
And an idea of his department’s timetable for the eventual Renters Reform Bill will hopefully be revealed too – the white paper was announced in the May Queen’s Speech and is supposed to be published next month, with legislation to be drafted early next year.
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