Renters’ (Reform) Bill revealed which sees the abolishment of Section 21 evictions

The Renters’ (Reform) Bill is something that has been discussed in Parliament for the last few years now, with it set to bring some major changes to the Private Rented Sector.

However, it is only now that the first draft of the Bill has been released and we have been given some insight as to when it might pass as law. There is possibility for the Bill to be amended before it is passed as law, however this is what is known so far.

In his latest article, Dispute Resolution lawyer, Jason Hayter, outlines when the Bill is set to come into force, the changes it will bring and what it means for landlords and tenants alike.

What is the Renters’ (Reform) Bill?

The Renters’ (Reform) Bill is a ‘new deal’ presented by the government and has promised to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.

The Bill also provides other major changes to the private rented sector which the government claims 11 million tenants will benefit from in England.

Overall, the main purpose of the Bill is to improve home quality standards, provide fairer tenancies with security and protection, as well as stabilise the private rented market.

However, it appears that the Bill looks to abolish Assured Shorthold Tenancies altogether and now refer to tenancies as assured tenancies, which is defined in Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988. This will see a move to periodic tenancies becoming the new norm with no fixed term.

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When does the Renters’ (Reform) Bill come into force?

The Bill has undertaken its first reading at this time, with a second reading to be held on Thursday 18 May 2023 and therefore the Bill is not to be passed imminently.
However, we could see the Bill being passed as law as soon as next year.
What does the Renters’ (Reform) Bill include?
Here’s a quick bullet pointed summary. You can click the links to navigate to the corresponding section.

  • Section 21 evictions will be scrapped, in favour of Section 8
  • Tenants will have the right to request pets in their let home
  • Bans on renting to families with children or those on benefits will be made illegal
  • Landlords may be entitled to reduce notice periods where tenants are irresponsible
  • Private landlords will be required to join the Ombudsman scheme
  • Legislation on compliance with the Decent Homes Standard will be applied to the private rented sector
  • Landlords will only be able to raise rent once per annum

I’ve outlined the above points in more detail, and what they mean for landlords, in the full article which can be read here.

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