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Renters Reform Bill - date announced


The Renters’ Reform Bill is finally due to be published and introduced into Parliament next week.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has told Sky News: “We’re introducing new legislation, it will be out next week and it will change the way in which the relationship between landlords and tenants work, providing tenants with new protection which should ensure that they’re better protected from arbitrary rent increases.”


The Bill is expected to include a wide range of reforms including the much-publicised abolition of Section 21 eviction powers for landlords, an apparent strengthening of Section 8 eviction powers, probably a mandatory landlord register and the introduction of a Decent Homes Standard for the private sector akin to that operating for social housing providers now.

The Bill was first mooted in 2019 and the government has had substantial criticism from activist groups for its slowness at introducing it into Parliament.

The details of the Bill will reveal which measures, if any, can be introduced into law at short notice and which may require primary legislation, which takes up to a year to get through Parliament.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, has 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!”

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    • 04 May 2023 09:15 AM

    Thus beings the end of the PRS...

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    Don’t worry, Govester, I am selling up as fast as I can then you can explain why there are so few properties to rent. Government interference in the PRS, aided by Polly
    Bleat and Generation Rent, will be to blame. Sir Kneel promises that Labour will be even tougher on landlords! Just how stupid can politicians get?

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    I don't feel it will be problem many envisage. Best to see the detail before a knee jerk reaction. When similar was rolled out in Scotland, it was fine. It was only when the SNP went full tonto that problems were experienced - ie rent controls, removal of mandatory grounds etc.

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    There is something so blindingly obvious and predictable about abolishing S21, namely that as soon as its gone, S8 will then immediately become the next public enemy and campaigners will start attacking the mandatory grounds. ‘Oh, isn’t it shameful how we’re all losing our homes over rent arrears or landlords selling! Shouldn’t be allowed!!’ (Etc). Just you watch.

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    Being a landlord for the last 20 years has left me traumatised, non payment of rent, damaged property protracted court cases. I have already started selling up and will continue to until the yoke is removed from my neck . More homeless families.
    England will soon become the homeless capital of Europe.

  • Roger  Mellie

    I'm sure this will all be fine. In essence, those landlords who do not take good care of their tenants and provide first-rate accommodation will inevitably struggle. As we all know, a good tenant is worth their weight in gold.

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    So Roger you assume giving a good/clean/nice property and take care of it will always have a good tenant? Well 40 years as a landlord and agent can state categorically this is not correct. I’m not looking to get into a slagging match but my experience is to the contrary.


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