Honourable and personal residential letting experts

11May

The Queen’s Speech: the Renters Reform Bill

Yesterday, the Queen’s speech has given us a limited idea of what the Government will be aiming to push through for the next parliament. We only have broad details at this stage as the full details will be given in the White Paper which is expected out next month.

This is what we know so far with a bit of commentary from yours truly.

Abolishing the use of ‘no fault’ evictions by removing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and reforming the grounds for possession.

This was announced three years ago so very much expected. The draft legislation has always suggested that landlords will still be able to gain possession for sale or move in. The Government also intends to reform current legislation to give landlords more rights to gain possession of their property through the courts “where there is a legitimate need for them to do so” i.e. non-payment of rent and anti-social behaviour.

Apply the legally binding Decent Homes Standard in the Private Rented Sector for the first time ever, giving tenants safer, better quality and better value homes.

The original Standard was aimed at Social Housing Tenants only now the Government will be reviewing this over the next year.

Introduce a new ombudsman for private landlords “so that disputes can easily be resolved without the need to go to court, which is often costly and lengthy, and ensure that when residents make a complaint, landlords take action to put things right”.

Since we only work with landlords that want to make sure they provide warm and safe homes, this legislation will not change anything in our world.

Introduce a new property portal to help landlords understand their obligations, give tenants performance information to hold their landlord to account as well as aiding local authorities.

A new introduction and, to be honest, a duplication of everything that can already be found on Google – or ask us!

The lifetime deposit and the widening of register of rogue landlords both seem to have been put on the back burner. Again, announced 3 years ago, the lifetime deposit idea seemed to be rather unworkable in principle. Also, the worst kept secret is that there is already a register of rogue landlords and agents it’s just that the general public are not allowed access!

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