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Rental Reform future uncertain as new housing minister stays quiet

Lee Rowley is the new housing minister, specifically responsible for taking charge of the government’s rental reform agenda.

The government has confirmed that Lee Rowley is the new junior housing minister replacing Eddie Hughes - the architect of the Renters Reform Bill and the man behind the controversial Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. 

Rowley is MP for North East Derbyshire and reports to the new Housing Secretary Simon Clarke who replaced Greg Clarke.


Before resigning from Boris Johnson’s government in the summer Rowley was junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and a government whip.

So far he has said nothing on what direction he will take the rental reform agenda; Liz Truss said at one point during her Conservative leadership election campaign that she felt landlords had been having a challenging time in recent years.

Rowley, a Brexiteer, has given little away on his interest in housing -  he has previously spoken out against the housing planning system, saying it doesn’t work for developers, planners or applicants, and has spoken in favour of improved transport links in his area. 

Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns for Propertymark, says: “A change of minister will add to the uncertainty the proposals within the renters’ reform white paper have created among the landlords our member agents represent, specifically the lack of protections against anti-social behaviour with the removal of Section 21 notices and the move away from fixed-term tenancies. 

“We’re ready to work closely with whoever replaces Eddie Hughes to ensure that if the private rented sector is to be reformed, it is fair, balanced and workable, and goes ahead without any further delays.”

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    Let's hope he looks at Scotland's example, where rents & availability are even worse than in England after similar measures were introduced. He has time to save the PRS - but not much!

    Mick Roberts

    Well said Tricia. Shelter say Scotland is working. Yes for the one tenant they've saved. But made it worse for the next 10,000 tenants that now can't get nor afford a house.

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    Read Scottish Landlords dot com whi are considering suing Wee Burnie.


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