Government pushes ahead with Renters Reform Bill

The legislation is likely to focus on improving standards and the quality of property in the sector and to end ‘no-fault’ evictions.

Michael Gove

The Government will finally publish the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill next week – four years after plans to scrap no-fault evictions were first mooted in Whitehall.

In 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consulted on proposals to end ‘no-fault’ evictions by repealing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988; extend the grounds for possession under section 8; remove landlords’ ability to grant new assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) and improve the processing of repossession orders.

PROTECTION

Housing Secretary Michael Gove (main picture) told Sky News that the Renters Reform Bill will be out next week which he says will “change the way in which the relationship between landlords and tenants work, providing tenants with new protection which should ensure they are better protected against arbitrary rent increases.”

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Timothy Douglas, Propertymark

Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns, at industry body, Propertymark, says: “This announcement and the long-awaited introduction of legislation from the UK Government to reform the private rented sector in England will help bring much needed clarity for letting agents and their landlords.

“The Legislation is likely to focus on improving standards and the quality of property in the sector so Propertymark will be scrutinising the proposals, pushing for amendments where necessary and championing the role of letting agents to ensure the reforms are workable and fit for purpose.”

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, tweeted in response to the news: “Secretary of State Michael Gove confirms that we will see the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill next week. A fun week ahead beckons!”

Will have to give notice to my tenants that they can’t stay beyond their fixed term.”

And he soon received a robust response from one landlord who replied: “Oh dear. Will have to give notice to my tenants that they can’t stay beyond their fixed term.

UNCERTAINTY

“I can’t live with uncertainty as to whether I can get back my biggest pension asset without litigation. Life is short. Stock market offers a much easier return. This is but the next turn of the screw on Landlords. Will get even worse under Labour.

“During the wait for court time, anything could happen – rent controls plus ban on evictions being just one possibility. I haven’t worked all my life to save up for this house for income in old age just to let it be taken away. It’s okay for MPs with their gold plated pensions.”

The Neg reported last month that Gove had held a meeting with key representatives of the private rental sector to hear their concerns about proposed reforms.

Last year housing charity Shelter said a Section 21 eviction notice had been issued every seven minutes since the government promised to scrap them.


One Comment

  1. “Gove held a meeting” to show willing but had no intention of listening so ignored anyway. Rental Armageddon en-route.. When it goes wrong point the finger at Shelter and the Gov that focus on the absolute minority of bad landlords. If landlords were encourage with tax breaks, rentals prices would plummet and tenants secured though having to offer better quality.

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