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Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week.

Observers have been expecting the Bill for some time; it was before Easter that the government wrote to Conservative MPs listing a series of amendments which met the objections of some who felt the original measure was biased in favour of tenants.

Now The Sun’s political correspondent Noa Hoffman has tweeted: “Exclusive: The Bill will be back in the Commons next Wednesday 24th. Should be announced in business statement [Thursday] all being well. Cabinet was informed yesterday.”


At the start of the Easter weekend the government told Conservative MPs that the amendments it would table to the Bill when it returns to the Commons would include:

- Accepting a proposal by the cross-party housing select committee that when fixed term tenancy agreements end, “tenants be unable to give two months’ notice to leave until they have been in a property for at least four months";

- Reviewing the operation of the courts before ending section 21 for existing tenancies to ensure the justice system can cope with the increased workload;

- Ensuring all types of student housing, including one and two bed properties, are covered by the planned ground for possession to protect the annual cycle of the student housing market. This will ensure landlords can guarantee to prospective students that properties will be available to rent from the start of each academic year;

- Reviewing the need for local authority licensing schemes in light of the proposed property portal, an idea contained in the original Renters Reform Bill.

When it returns to the Commons next week it will have its Third Reading; it will then go through a similar process in the House of Lords to that already undertaken in the Commons, involving multiple readings and the potential for further amendments.

  • Billy the Fish

    As the tenant fees bill 2019 showed, rents increase when landlord's fees increase. I am interested to see what happens to rents after the reform, if it ever happens, when landlords are exposed to the risk of tenants leaving after only 6 months, especially let only.

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    What will happen when rent controls come in? This is the only way government can keep LHA rates reasonably close to market rents in many areas outside the capital, because they can’t increase the burden on the taxpayer to bump them up! Parties have more renters that vote than landlords and they don’t care if your mortgage is higher than the rent. We know this by how the courts treat landlords!

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    Good luck renting a house, literally destroyed the letting industry 60% -70% of all landlords have left or are leaving the market there's a massive supply issue and the demand has trebled meaning people are paying insane amounts of rents and they will keep rising.

    It's ridiculous how much the landlord have been attacked,

    Imagine having more and more landlords and houses available the prices would come down massively the bad landlords would struggle to keep their tenants because they would have a choice of houses to pick from etc

    But unfortunately, the level of intelligence is soo low I don’t think anyone has figured this out.

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    Look at the corruption across all political parties , thick, ignorant self obsessed morons


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