OFFICIAL: Renting reforms to move forward towards Royal Assent

Parliamentary officials reveal that controversial Bill will move to its next stage through the Commons next Wednesday 24th April 2024.

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The Renters (Reform) Bill is to get its next parliamentary airing on Wednesday 24th April, it has been confirmed.
Official who allocate bills time within the parliamentary timetable have published the date within its official diary.

This will see the Bill move to its report stage and third reading, during which any further amendments can be made before it enters the Lords for scrutiny.

The progress was signed off by the Tory party’s 1922 Committee last week and is now confirmed.

A DLUHC spokesperson says: “We are absolutely committed to the Renters (Reform) Bill, which will have its remaining stages in the House of Commons next week.

“This Bill will abolish Section 21 evictions and deliver a fairer rented sector for tenants and landlords. We will continue to work across the sector to ensure it passes into law as soon as possible.”


But the Government will have to move fast in order to get the reform legislation through to Royal Assent, as the summer recess is only three months away and a General Election likely later this year.

Ministers, including junior housing minister Jacob Young have been under extreme pressure from all quarters including agents and housing campaigners to move the legislation forward.

There are several sticking points which will make this difficult. The key problem will be mollifying a group of nearly 50 Tory MPs who have said they may vote against the legislation in the Commons unless several concessions are included.


These include a delay to the banning of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions until the court system is speeded up and the ending of selective licencing following the introduction of the Property Portal which will require all landlords and their properties to be registered.

The MPs also want to see tenants required to stay in a property for at last six months after ASTs are replaced by ‘periodic’ or open-ended tenancies.


Link to Lettings newsDavid Smith, a senior property lawyer at JMW, says: “The first, and in my view, most important is training. At the moment a great many agents have little or no training and they frequently give advice to their clients and others which is, at best, misguided and, at worst, downright wrong.

“Improving training in the sector would lead to better outcomes from all those using it and would also contribute to better business management and employee retention.

“The costs would not be substantial as there are already a number of different providers operating in different ways and businesses would also receive benefits from better trained and motivated staff which would offset some of the expenditure on training.”

Ben Beadle - NRLA - imageBen Beadle, Chief Executive ofthe National Residential Landlords Association says: “Our focus has been on ensuring that when section 21 repossessions end, the replacement system works and is fair, to both tenants and responsible landlords.

“Tenants should rightly be empowered to hold rogue and criminal landlords to account to root out the minority who bring the sector into disrepute.

“However, it is vital thatthe majority of responsible landlords have confidence in the Bill to provide the homes for rent the country needs. The amendments proposed by the Government strike that balance.

“It is now important to provide certainty to the market, so it can transition smoothly to the new system.  We therefore call on MPs to ensure swift passage of the Bill through Parliament with the Government’s planned changes. This should be underpinned by action to improve the justice system for renters and landlords alike.”


  1. The many things wrong with this legislation have and will continue to effect the PRS badly. Getting rid of S21 is bonkers if it is not replaced with something that would work better!? not abolish it. No fixed contracts is bonkers and will not work – for anyone – they will be creating an absolute monster. Well done again GOV>UK

  2. “Ministers, including junior housing minister Jacob Young have been under extreme pressure from all quarters including AGENTS” Well I’ve not yet met an agent that wants this BS legislation, doomed to fail again and will do nothing but shorten supply and hike rents. If the 50 sensible MPs don’t get their way, it will fall apart for sure.

  3. I hope the 50 MPs are successful, as allowing tenants to move in, claiming to be staying for the long term, and then immediately give one month’s notice because they’re actually on a short term contract or temporary visit is going to play havoc in houseshares and HMOs – they will become more like hotels with a proportion of people coming and going all the time, and landlords repeatedly having to advertise and re-advertise, check documentation and so on. The six month period is a far better compromise between the mobility needs of tenants and the needs of landlords to encourage sustainable tenant communities.

    If the court system isn’t up and running and properly funded, there is going to be havoc as landlords will now be forced to go to court every time they want to reclaim their properties or get rid of an antisocial or non-paying tenant.

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