Renters Reform Bill is delayed – again

Renters Reform Bill is delayed – again

10:30 AM, 10th May 2023, About A year ago 6

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In news that will not surprise anyone, the government has revealed that ‘procedural issues’ have delayed the publication of the Renters Reform Bill that is poised to shake up the private rented sector, the Mirror reveals.

It is now more than four years since the government first unveiled its plans to improve renters’ rights – including the abolition of section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions.

And Michael Gove, the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, revealed last week that the new Bill would be published this week.

But Property118 highlighted that there was no gap in the Parliamentary timetable for this to happen.

Appeared to throw the Cabinet minister under the bus

When we called the Department for Levelling Up to find out what was happening, a spokesperson confirmed that Mr Gove did say that the Bill would make an appearance this week – and then appeared to throw the Cabinet minister under the bus for his announcement on Sky News.

They said that there was no date scheduled for the Bill’s publication – but it would be published.

Now Labour MP Lisa Nandy says the Conservates must ‘not backtrack’ over the long-awaited reforms.

‘Do not backtrack on the promises you have made’

The Shadow Housing Secretary told the Mirror: “Our message to the government is clear, do not backtrack on the promises you have made, do not drop any commitments, do not roll over to your backbenchers again.”

Labour is using the non-appearance of the Bill to flag up once again its aims to deliver a renter reform charter that will beef up tenants’ rights if it gets into government.

Ms Nandy said: “We will tilt the balance of power with powerful new rights and protections for tenants, including longer notice periods, a ban on no-fault evictions and the right to make changes to your home.”

‘Committed to delivering a fairer deal for renters’

A Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities spokesman told the Mirror: “We are absolutely committed to delivering a fairer deal for renters.

“We will bring forward legislation very shortly, which will include a ban on ‘no fault’ evictions, so that all tenants have greater security in their homes and are empowered to challenge poor conditions.

“We are also introducing a Decent Homes Standard for the Private Rented Sector for the first time ever which will make sure privately rented homes are safe and decent.”


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JB

10:57 AM, 10th May 2023, About A year ago

“We are absolutely committed to delivering a fairer deal for renters"

Poor tenants - the unintended consequences of this bill will make trying to find anywhere to rent so much more difficult and more expensive for them

Dickie Withers

13:16 PM, 10th May 2023, About A year ago

Well this is worrying statement, the right to make changes to your home. Loft conversion, extension, open plan living what exactly do they mean?

Martin O'Hearne

14:31 PM, 10th May 2023, About A year ago

94% of landlords are single owner landlords and not portfolio landlords, so do not rely on their property for an in wine, and largest LL cohort is over 55yrs of age. These LL’s are not going to stick around when time is against them and when the risks far outweigh the rewards, which is currently the case, but at least today, LL’s are in control, albeit with a number of purpose built obstacles in their way. But imagine the situation when the RR Bill becomes law, actually, it’s too frightening to contemplate!

Reluctant Landlord

16:39 PM, 10th May 2023, About A year ago

still licking their wounds after a kicking in the local elections perhaps. Lay low for a while......

shaun carter

8:54 AM, 11th May 2023, About A year ago

More screws in the private landlords coffin.

Corporate landlord, limited company landlords, etc not effected as much. In this case yes.

I set up a sole trader landlird company so I could retire and do what I wanted.

From the age of 16 I worked hard, and certain times if my life doing 129 hours a week; yes 120 because all I done was worked/sleep.

The goverment destroyed that; yes I got 9 houses, but going back to work next week at age of 54, as I cant earn a living. Last year a loss, and previous year just under minimum wage. Very few mortgages but still can't live.

If I could I would take goverment on for trade discrimination. Cant claim my biggest expense interest. How stupid are the goverment. The meaning of expense is what it is dont change it.

Mick Roberts

7:54 AM, 13th May 2023, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by JB at 10/05/2023 - 10:57
Well said JB

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