Controversial Renters Reform Bill to be published next week – possibly

Controversial Renters Reform Bill to be published next week – possibly

14:29 PM, 4th May 2023, About A year ago 41

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The long-awaited Renters’ Reform Bill which could lead to a massive shake-up of the private rented sector (PRS) is set to be published next week.

However, there is no confirmed date and no mention of it in the Parliamentary timetable for next week.

And the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities could not confirm a specific date or time for the Bill’s publication to Property118 because of the King’s Coronation this weekend. However, it was confirmed that the Bill will be published.

The Bill is set to include a wide range of reforms for the PRS and is expected to include scrapping Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions and giving all tenants the right to request a pet in their home.

It was first announced by the government in April 2019 and in June 2022, the government published a white paper, A Fairer Private Rented Sector, which outlined some of the reforms.

‘Better protected against arbitrary rent increases’

On Sky News, housing secretary Michael Gove confirmed the Bill will be published next week.

He said: “The Renters Reform Bill will change the way in which the relationship between landlords and tenants work, providing tenants with new protection which should ensure they are better protected against arbitrary rent increases.”

However, there is nothing currently scheduled for next week’s Parliamentary timetable.

‘Much-needed clarity for letting agents and landlords’

In response to the news, Ben Beadle, the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords’ Association (NRLA) posted on Twitter: “As expected, the Renters Reform Bill will be published next week. Confirmed by the Secretary of State this morning. Should be an interesting week.”

Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns, at Propertymark, said: “This announcement and the long-awaited introduction of legislation from the UK Government to reform the private rented sector in England will help bring much-needed clarity for letting agents and their landlords.

“The Legislation is likely to focus on improving standards and the quality of property in the sector so Propertymark will be scrutinising the proposals, pushing for amendments where necessary and championing the role of letting agents to ensure the reforms are workable and fit for purpose.”


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Reluctant Landlord

14:18 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Ashley at 05/05/2023 - 12:10
all via the courts...slow and painful already...and as someone else said it wont be deemed priority.

I'll be getting 2 x S21's and all paperwork to be issued to tow particular tenants prepped on Tuesday next week and oven ready...

Dennis Forrest

14:48 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

Right to request a pet? which can be denied by the landlord? - or tenants right to insist on having a pet? Our lease agreement does not allow pets. In any case what about the lingering 'doggy' smell. Shampoo all carpets, replace/wash all cushions and wash/dry clean all curtains. Will we be able to deduct from deposit if these items are not done when tenant leaves?

Beaver

14:51 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Forrest at 05/05/2023 - 14:48
I don't know but if the right to request a pet was accompanied by a right of the landlord to increase the rent I wouldn't be overly concerned by this. However, in my experience pets do much less damage than children.

Dylan Morris

14:54 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Forrest at 05/05/2023 - 14:48Pet snake ? Pet alligator ? Screeching parrot ? Hooting owl ? Your compulsory benefits tenant could have any or all of these !

GlanACC

17:34 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

The bill also includes the Decent Homes Standard, and more relevant is the EPC requirement for a level of C by 2028 or you cant rent a property. It is also mooted that there will be a cap of £10,000 on the works required to bring a property up to level C. Be aware that until this bill ACTUALLY BECOMES LAW any spending you may make on improving the energy efficiecy may not count against the £10,000 cap. So I wont be doing any energy efficiency improvement until then. There is also the possibility the level may be lowered to a D or the spending cap lowered.

JD uk

19:23 PM, 5th May 2023, About A year ago

When will the gvt realize that increasing pressure on landlords will increase rent prices? Paid 65% tax rate last year and started selling to move all to the USA where I can get 10% yield with no headaches. The UK rental market is dying time to go!

spinksy

7:46 AM, 6th May 2023, About A year ago

what about supported accommodation?...... will councils stop bullying landlords?..... and will they roll out the extended scheme across the country?...

AT

8:47 AM, 6th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by JD uk at 05/05/2023 - 19:23
S8 grounds will be attacked after s21 has departed.

The time has come to say goodbye to the portfolio.

Judith Wordsworth

10:33 AM, 6th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 05/05/2023 - 14:15
A Bill needs 5 readings in each House, before Royal Assent is given and the Bill becomes law.

At each reading amendments can be suggested, though not necessarily followed.

Judith Wordsworth

10:36 AM, 6th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 05/05/2023 - 12:41
The s8 grounds will be amended but it has been said that will be one of the grounds to gain possession. But restricted to the landlord and immediate family, I think, not distant relatives

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