Renters Reform Bill concern!

Renters Reform Bill concern!

15:39 PM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago 8

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Hello, After reading the Renters Reform Bill, try as I might, I can’t find any provision for landlords like me who wish to convert some of their portfolio to HMO’s.

My understanding is possession could only be gained for “serious arrears”, save of property or tenant giving up the tenancy.

So, as from what I can see, if I wanted to convert one of my tenanted properties to flats, or a HMO, I can’t until the tenant quits the tenancy.

There is an ambiguous mandatory ground (six) in S8 but it’s very ambiguous!

Am I missing something?


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Ian Narbeth

18:14 PM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago

You are correct that wanting to convert the property into an HMO is not and will not in future be a ground for possession. If you wish to do so, you will need to serve s21 notices before they are abolished in order to get vacant possession. You need to check the requirements for HMOs in your area and will almost certainly need to be licensed.

Martin O'Hearne

21:31 PM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago

Thanks, thought that was the case, clearly they haven’t thought through the RR Bill!


12:22 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

Does anybody know the possible likely date for this renters reform bill to become law?

Does anybody know what the rules are regarding putting the rent up under these new tenancies?


13:06 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

Here's an outline of the normal process

So far we have only had the First Reading (Bill published) and 3 parliamentary committee hearings. The committee is due to publish their findings in the new year.

Martin's change of business strategy requiring a process to recover the property highlights the potential unintended consequences of removing S21.

iHowz have recently written to a number of MPs and DLUHC reminding them of our proposal to strengthen the S8 grounds for rent arrears and amend S21 to remove abuse of the process, while allowing landlords (PRS and SRS alike) a workable solution to recover properties in a timely and non-adversarial manner.
This would give government time to fix the court process and allow time to bed in the arrears measures while seeking to find a workable solution to antisocial tenants.

Martin O'Hearne

14:58 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

thank you for taking time to answer with a perfect common sense solution, unfortunately common sense has not yet been a factor in the drafting of this bill! Given the overwhelming body of evidence now coming forward as to the real crisis in the supply of PRS properties, I pray that level heads will prevail and a root and branch review of the RR Bill will take place.

Ian Narbeth

15:01 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Martin O'Hearne at 09/12/2022 - 14:58
Mr Gove may think he is God, but I doubt he will listen to the prayers of landlords.


15:24 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

Short let / serviced accommodation landlords may have to be registered by next summer under the Levelling Up Bill.

This was announced by a minister in his response during the second reading of the Short Term Accommodation Bill (2.10 pm today). He also warned that short let properties may be regulated using changes in the planning law.

Scotland have done something similar under The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022. Which has been amended, pushing the date by which existing hosts must apply for a short-term let licence from 1 April 2023 to 1 October 2023.

Seething Landlord

17:19 PM, 9th December 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Rod at 09/12/2022 - 13:06
Which Bill are you referring to? As far as I am aware government have so far done no more than publish the White Paper.

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