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Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been sharply criticised by the Leaders Romans Group.

A statement from Allison Thompson, LRG national lettings managing director, says: “This Bill has been in development for several years, aimed at addressing critical issues that impact both tenants and landlords.

“The Bill's failure to pass into law is a significant setback. While many of the Bill's provisions were contentious - including concerns over periodic tenancies, the abolition of Section 21 and the associated issues of court delays along with the inclusion of the right to request a pet - we believed that continued dialogue and amendments would have addressed the concerns of all stakeholders, ultimately benefiting the rental market. 


“LRG has consistently advocated for a balanced approach that protects both tenants' rights and landlords' interests. 

“The failure to pass the Renters Reform Bill highlights the need for comprehensive housing policies that provide stability and address the critical issues facing the sector, principally the undersupply of good-quality rental homes.

“As the UK faces a housing crisis, it is imperative that the incoming government prioritises housing policies that ensure stability and long-term solutions. 

“Over the past 13 years, there have been 16 different housing ministers, demonstrating a lack of continuity and commitment. We urge the next administration to place housing at the heart of its agenda, providing the consistency and long-term focus that the sector desperately needs.”

A similar statement from the landlords’ perspective, from the National Residential Landlords Association, says: “There has been too much dither and delay in government, and a failure to be clear about how to ensure changes would work in practice. 

“Critically, the market now faces yet more crippling uncertainty about what the future of the private rented sector looks like.

“Reforming the sector will be an important issue for the next government and we will work constructively with them to ensure changes are fair and workable. 

“That means empowering tenants to challenge rogue and criminal landlords whilst ensuring the confidence of responsible landlords to stay in the market.” 

  • Matthew Payne

    No concerns were addressed watching and listening to most landlords out there in recent weeks, most of whom are now breathin a sigh of relief, even if perhaps short lived. S21s were about to be banned in all but name, leading to a mass exodus from the sector, thats not the kind of continuity landlords and tenants need. The Tories have been playing politics with the PRS sadly, as removing S21 is an unconservative as it gets, however, its likely that Labour would reintroduce it immediately as it was their policy anyway. The only hope for the PRS is a hung parliament and going back to the polls at the end of the year.

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    Does LRG still have landlords as customers?


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