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Renters (Reform) Bill

What will the Government's proposed Rental (Reform) Bill mean for landlords like you?

The Government has introduced a bill that aims to deliver “safer, fairer and higher quality homes*” in the private rented sector. 

Here is the latest on what we know so far…

When will the bill become law?

The bill was introduced on the 17th May 2023, delivering on the Government’s 2019 manifesto. The bill will need to go through the usual parliamentary process before it can become actual legislation. The bill may still be subject to change until it becomes finally enshrined in law.

What does the bill include?

The bill aims to ensure that tenants have greater security in their homes and that landlords have the recourse they need to remove anti-social tenants or when they have a change in their own circumstances. The proposals include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Making it illegal in England for landlords to evict tenants ‘without fault’ and requiring landlords to provide a reason for reclaiming the property (the proposed changes in England follow similar measures already introduced in Scotland and Wales).
  • Creating a new Ombudsman to help resolve tenant and landlord disputes.
  • Launching a new online Property Portal to provide a hub of rental information, including a database of residential landlords and privately rented properties in England.
  • Enabling tenants to request the right to have a pet in the property, which a landlord can’t refuse without good reason.
  • Outlawing bans on renting to tenants in receipt of benefits or with children.
  • Ensuring that all privately rented sector homes in the UK meet a legislated Decent Homes Standard.

What are your next steps as a landlord?

There is no imminent change that will affect landlords and tenants alike, and the majority of landlord/tenant relationships will remain unaffected post any legislation changes.

We will communicate any further updates in due course but in the meantime, if you have any questions contact your local branch

If you are looking for an up-to-date rental appraisal - complete our quick contact form and one of our lettings sales team will be in touch to book a time and date that is convenient to you

Correct at time of publishing 30 May 2023