0:01 AM, 19th September 2023, About 2 weeks ago 8
The Renters Reform Bill may not see ‘the light of day before the end of the year’ according to new reports.
Backbench MPs continue to push against the bill as parliamentary sitting days become scarce.
Parliament is currently in recess due to party conference season and when MPs return on the 15th of October there is only a limited window for the second reading, before the Kings Speech on the 7th of November.
Sources from the department told the Telegraph they are confident a reading will happen before the King’s Speech at the beginning of November.
However, industry sources say Number 10 is “less confident”. One industry source said Downing Street is concerned about the lack of available sitting days before the King’s Speech.
One MP told the Telegraph that a huge number of backbench MPs are against the Renters’ Reform Bill which could delay the second reading even further.
“There’s incredible resistance from certain MPs and has been growing since the Bill had its first reading. Until such time as everyone is assuaged, it’s not going to get very far.”
The Financial Times also reports that five of the 16 members in the government whips’ office, which decides what bills are tabled for further readings, own rental property.
Backbench Tory MPs fear the scrapping of Section 21 could prompt swathes of landlords to exit the market, which they would lead to a full-blown housing crisis.
A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities told the Telegraph: “The government remains absolutely committed to delivering a fairer private rented sector for tenants and landlords through the Renters Reform Bill.
“The bill which delivers our manifesto commitment is progressing through parliament and second reading will follow shortly.”
Number 10 declined to comment.