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Fears grow around Renters Reform Bill - new report

A new report on the state of the lettings industry suggests figures are growing fearful of the impact of the Renters Reform Bill.  

Some 43 per cent of agents feel either somewhat or very pessimistic about the Bill. However 29 per cent are feeling optimistic about the changes. 

But 55 per cent of agents cited the Bill as a factor driving landlords out (a statistic which is 15 per cent higher than when agents were polled on this question last year). 


Some 56 per cent of landlords also cited the Bill as a reason for leaving the sector. 

Landlords are overall feeling pessimistic about the introduction of the new rules - with 25 per cent feeling “very” pessimistic and 29 per cent feeling “somewhat pessimistic.” Only 14 per cent of landlords are feeling at all optimistic. 

Landlords hold the most negative views regarding the introduction of a new ombudsman - a key part of the reforms - with 43 per cent believing it would have a negative impact on the sector, and 22 per cent believing it would have a positive impact. 

Conversely, 42 per cent of letting agents and 41 per cent of industry suppliers believe that it would have a positive impact.

The figures come from the annual Goodlord State of the Lettings Industry report. 

Elsewhere in the report some 95 per cent of agents report that at least one of their landlords sold at least one of their properties. 

Nearly a quarter of letting agents saw up to 20 per cent of their landlords selling at least one of their properties.

And 80 per cent of letting agents said they expected more landlords to leave the sector in the next 12 months - 36 per cent said they believed it would be a “significant amount”.

Goodlord chief operating officer William Reeve comments: “This is our biggest report to date, both in terms of respondent size and the scope of topics covered. 

“We’ve all felt the pressures facing the rental market over the last 12 months, but today’s report offers tangible evidence around what’s actually happening on the ground. 

“We can see which forces are giving landlords pause for thought, where anxieties for tenants are coalescing, and how agents are preparing for change. The private rental sector is a vital part of our economy; we hope this report provides valuable insight to all of its stakeholders and encourages decision makers to take the steps which will boost confidence in the market, particularly for landlords.”

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    Personally I think MEES will have a far more negative impact than the RRB. Hitting a minimum of C will be a massive challenge for many properties, well at a reasonable cost anyway.

    Barry X

    Both are very bad, but to be grammatically correct any sentence with both MEES and RRB in it has to end with a catastrophe.


    @ Barry. I bet you're a bundle of fun at parties.

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    Along with many landlords the cost of trying to get my D properties (I do not have any E's) to C's is financially impossible & makes no sense. to have to spend 10's of thousands of pounds to save a tenant £150 to £200 per year is clearly bananas - only a blinkered idiot could think that this is sensible.
    Can people comment on this fact please - so I spend thousands to appease the idiot Gove - the tenant likes fresh air so generally has windows open which negates the thousands I have spent!!!!


    Made worse by the fact that EPC is a measure of cost not carbon! The whole thing is a farce!

    G romit

    It's designed to drive out private Landlords, it's part of the plan!

  • Stephen Chipp

    Received an email from landlord with 6 units last week which I forwarded to our Conservative MP. He is leaving the sector as has worked out that if he pays his capital gains and Company Tax he will be still better off putting the money in the bank and earning from the interest without the hassle. His exact words were 'I am a good landlord and am sick of being demonized by the Government.' These flats will likely be individually sold and the tenants having to move out - where do they move to when we are getting 20 applications per available property due to a shortage of stock?!

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    So Government policy will lead you to evict tenants - I wonder how Mr Brain Dead Gove will explain that one to the now homeless ex tenants??????

    G romit

    You make the big assumption that he gives a flying f**k about tenants!!!! (which he doesn't).

  • Kristjan Byfield

    There will be winners and losers in the Bill and this will also be subject to mitigating circumstances but, make no mistake, the rental market will continue on in a very similar manner.

    Stephen Chipp

    The Bill is the most dramatic change to the rental sector since the Housing Act in '88 and revised in '96. The language is akin to the 70's and many many landlords are thinking the same in terms of 'what's the point?!'. Its a perfect storm and there is every protection for tenant and landlord under current law - just no enforcement......

    Barry X

    No @KB, I do not believe there will be any "winners"... that's just the typically vacuous, glib sort of thing someone who wants to sound clever and important (but is neither) would say when they haven't really got a clue so that's all they can come up with... unless you'd like to share with us the benefit of your profound wisdom by decoding that apparently cryptic and mysterious sounding, but actually meaningless phrase?

    ...the reality is there will be only losers - lots of them/us - not just landlords and agents but tenants too, although many might not realise it at first as it could take a while for the full impact of the damage to materialise then be properly assessed and understood.


    The winners will be the LLs who sell up & bag 6% interest on cash investments, the losers will be tenants!

    Barry X

    Although I take your point @TU, they won't really be "winners", just survivors who got out without losing even more by staying in longer...
    ... and after paying punative CGT or Corp TAX on just inflation, selling costs etc and throwing away all their hard work and giving up an income *plus* long term capital gain.

    Even if they can get 6% interest on whatever is left of their capital it will always be below inflation (that huge stealth tax that eats everything and is so convenient for the government they make more - to errode their own debts & raise more tax - while pretending to be doing all they can to make it go away)... and of course no prospect for capital growth (only stagnation & in-real-terms erosion) and no opportunities for financing anything or generating new business....

    What a wonderful "prize" for those "winners"!


    @ Barry X. Would that be erode or errode?

    Barry X

    Thanks @JmK, quite right, oops and sorry.... I think my spelling ability is being eroded more rapidly than I'd realised!



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