Next steps for Renters’ Reform Bill unveiled

Next steps for Renters’ Reform Bill unveiled

12:10 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago 18

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Michael Gove has revealed plans for the next reading of the Renters’ Reform Bill.

In a speech last night to the Centre for Policy Studies forum and a Shelter evening reception the Housing Secretary seemed to confirm that the next reading will take place this Autumn.

He did not specify a date but as the Kings Speech only a few weeks away a date for the second reading could be revealed shortly.

Thriving private rented sector

In remarks made at the Conservative Party conference Michael Gove said a “thriving private rented sector is vital to ensuring an effective housing market.”

Mr Gove said: “You can’t have an effective housing market, or provision of the homes we need, without having a variety of different types of tenure.

“A route to homeownership, a private rented sector that facilitates labour mobility among other things, and socially rented homes in order to help people who are, for whatever reason, eligible for, and deserving of, that level of support.”

The NRLA attended the event and called on fixed-term tenancies to be protected in the student housing market.

Michael Gove responded by saying: “Obviously in the rental market you need to take account of movement, particularly amongst students and so on.”

Landlords need certainty

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “The Housing Secretary is right to acknowledge the importance of a thriving rental market alongside all other tenures. But the only way to achieve this is to develop policies that can secure the confidence of the vast majority of responsible landlords.

“When section 21 repossessions end, landlords need certainty that the courts will more swiftly process possession claims where there is good cause.

He added: “Alongside, this, we need to reform a tax system which is penalising the provision of the very homes renters are struggling to find.”

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Whiteskifreak Surrey

12:18 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

I do not believe in a single word that viper is saying.
It is all the election canon fodder.
Nothing else

Ray Guselli

12:28 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

“A thriving rental sector” from the same guy who said..

“Damp and mould in the home are not the result of 'lifestyle choices', and it is the responsibility of landlords to identify and address the underlying causes of the problem, such as structural issues or inadequate ventilation”…

which contradicts industry and expert opinion as well as the advice provided by many councils and housing associations throughout the UK.

Wouldn’t trust anything he said and this is just more rhetoric for the election…..

He is going to be left out in the cold!

Fed Up Landlord

12:30 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

" meeee". Hiss Hiss. Yep. It's Election Time....

Dylan Morris

14:32 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

A thriving rental sector ? Quick call the doctor this mentally ill patient needs his medication changing.
Section 24 destroying some landlords and others who own flats to be ushered into the bankruptcy court as they have to pay for their own cladding replacement …….whilst those at fault, the developer, local authority and Government get off scot free.

Reluctant Landlord

15:17 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

he's the speaker next week at the NRLA conference.

Lets see what crud he comes out with then too.....

The best we can hope for is he gets pelted with eggs, but I see the NRLA going all out to welcome his smarmy face bearing in mind they are not putting up that much direct opposition to the Bill!


15:41 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Reluctant Landlord at 02/10/2023 - 15:17
A leopard cannot change his spots!

It beats me why the NRLA are happy with so much of what Gove says especially the loss of section 21

I think most of them are too young to remember what it used to be like for landlords pre 1988 rent act.

Reluctant Landlord

16:16 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Stella at 02/10/2023 - 15:41
i think they seem to beleive that agreeing to it being scrapped gives them a bit of leeway when it comes to what the wording says. NO CHANCE!

Rather than attack the plan outright and show just cause and reason what the reality of scrapping is going to mean (LL AND tenants plus reduction of prs property to let as a whole) they have gone with it on the basis it's fete complete!

WRONG! they are screwing over the prs worse than the politicians in my eyes.


16:22 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Reluctant Landlord at 02/10/2023 - 16:16
Spot on!

Simon Williams

17:01 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

One reason why Generation Rent and Shelter get a lot of publicity is that they are media savvy. They go for the jugular with hard hitting soundbites.

The NRLA media output, by contrast, is basically verbal diarrhoea. Instead of coming out with a load of waffle that no media editor will bother to repeat, they need to be relentlessly attacking government for the very rules, red tape, regulation and taxation that have caused the rental supply crisis in the first place.

Bristol Landlord

17:25 PM, 2nd October 2023, About 2 months ago

I honestly think Ben Beadle and the NRLA are controlled opposition and in the pay of the Government and BTR corporations. They are just the other side of the coin to Polly Neate and Shelter and designed to give Landlords a warm feeling. The entire PRS debate is just a charade as the Govt has years ago already decided behind closed doors to hand over the entire sector to the Corporations. What is happening to the PRS is not democracy but corporatocracy.

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