Sadiq Khan wants landlords to pay ‘tenant relocation payments’

Sadiq Khan wants landlords to pay ‘tenant relocation payments’

14:55 PM, 4th August 2022, About A week ago 15

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan is urging the next Prime Minister to bring in ‘tenant relocation payments’ when a renter is being moved through no fault of their own.

He made the comments to the London Assembly during a debate on the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper that has been published by the government.

The proposals in the White Paper include the ending of Section 21 evictions, make it tougher for landlords to refuse a tenant with a pet and outlawing landlords not renting to tenants on benefits or families with children.

However, Mr Khan told the Assembly that the proposals should go further and urged whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to pay the moving costs of tenants who are asked to leave a property when they have done nothing wrong.

Freeze rents in London for up to two years

He also wants to freeze rents in London for up to two years – or until the cost-of-living crisis is resolved – and introduce extended notice periods.

Mr Khan said: “Renters have waited far too long for these reforms, which are crucial to better balance the rights of landlords and tenants living in the private rented sector.

“Renters now need to see legislation brought forward with the utmost urgency so they can live safely and securely in their homes.”

He said the White Paper contains several recommendations that are in the London Model Tenancies Reform blueprint, including the ending of Section 21 evictions and introducing open-ended tenancies with no fixed term breaks or break clauses.

‘Build on the success of the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’

Mr Khan said: “I am also pleased to see the inclusion of a property portal; the landlord register I have campaigned for, and which will build on the success of the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker I established in London.

“However, crucial elements are missing from the White Paper proposals if all renters, particularly those who are the most vulnerable and households with children, are to truly see the benefit of these reforms.

“These include extended notice periods, tenant relocation payments and freezing rent for the next two years, particularly during this cost-of-living crisis.”

He added: “It is really important whoever becomes the next Conservative Leader and therefore our Prime Minister commits to deliver on these as soon as possible.”



Comments

Blodwyn

10:22 AM, 6th August 2022, About A week ago

Chocs on the pillow indeed! Like it.

DSR

15:59 PM, 6th August 2022, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Dylan Morris at 05/08/2022 - 14:55
this is the S8 as it stands now. They could make rent arrears mandatory....but there again it isn't now so..... ???

Dylan Morris

19:19 PM, 6th August 2022, About 7 days ago

Reply to the comment left by DSR at 06/08/2022 - 15:59Arrears of two months or more are currently mandatory under Ground 8 ……..the Judge has to give possession. (Assuming property is in England). If arrears are less than 2 months then yes it is discretionary.

Ian Narbeth View Profile

12:51 PM, 8th August 2022, About 5 days ago

Beaver, the issue is primarily "no fault" evictions. As s21 is going I would rather be able to get a tenant out for a payment than be stuck with them for years!

Beaver

12:58 PM, 8th August 2022, About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 08/08/2022 - 12:51
So I get the idea that if you've said a property is available for e.g. 12 months and then you suddenly say we need our property back after 8 months that could cause the tenant some problems.

What I don't get is the idea that maybe you could have rented out your home for some reason, e.g. work, travelling, domestic issues and then at the end of the tenancy you might then have to pay the tenant to get control of your home again? It seems to me that the principle of reciprocity ought to apply.

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