A new ‘super group’ of 19 charities and renters’ unions has been formed to increase the pressure on the Government in a bid to shake up the housing system.

The Renters Reform Coalition wants it to use the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill to end section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, improve the condition of privately rented homes and empower tenants.

It says the Bill – announced in the Queen’s Speech a year ago – is a chance to go beyond tenancy reform and change the landscape of renting for the better.

Made up of groups including Citizen’s Advice, Crisis, Generation Rent, Greater London Authority, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the NUS, it promises to work with the Government and others to ensure all renters have access to a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.

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It’s also calling for an extension to the eviction ban, – which ends on 11th January – to renters under tier two and three restrictions, to keep them safe for the duration of the pandemic. It’s being funded to the tune of £150,000 by the Nationwide Foundation.

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Bridget Young, programme manager at the Nationwide Foundation (pictured) says the Bill is an opportunity to redesign the housing system, creating a fairer balance between renters and landlords. “Implemented correctly, these reforms are also a chance to improve the safety, security and condition of privately rented homes,” she adds.

“We are looking forward to working with the Government and other partners to take this opportunity to deliver a more just housing system. The coalition is a broad group but we are united in our belief that everyone needs a safe, affordable and secure home, where they can live and flourish.”

Other organisations within the coalitions include: Advice 4 Renters, Camden Federation of Private Tenants, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Greater Manchester Tenants Union, London Renters Union, the Nationwide Foundation, New Economics Foundation, Priced Out, Renters Rights London, Safer Renting, Toynbee Hall and Z2K.

Read NRLA CEO Ben Beadle’s views on the Renters Reform Act and how it will change the PRS.

10 COMMENTS

  1. As is always the case the clear assumption is that tenants are always the victim of rogue landlords charging extortionate rents for highly dangerous hovels and this must be fixed . In reality the tenant already holds the majority of the cards in the UK, don’t want to pay rent no problem, want to smash up the property with no come back no problem . These reforming warriors will eventually reap what they sow, don’t want renting out property to be a reasonable , equitable investment for the landlord don’t be surprised when the property available to rent declines massively. And let’s not pretend this will somehow enable all current tenants to buy their dream properties for peanuts , it won’t and a high proportion of tenants like the flexibility provided by the rental market , all that will happen is property will become less attractive as an investment and hence the returns will need to be higher , urgo higher rents.

    • So who will be living in the houses that were previously let out by landlords?
      In the situation you describe it, must be owner occupiers. Unless you think the houses would remain empty?

      • I have 10 properties I let out and I can tell you not one of them would be in a position to buy their own home, and not because they are priced-out the market but because these are the sort of people who will always be renters for one reason or another.

      • Emm, part of the issue isn’t clear here. If Owner Occupiers can’t afford to buy and Landlords don’t buy and rent properties to those that can’t afford to buy, developers can’t get the margin they need. Net result they stop building. If Landlords can’t get the margins they want they exit the market or just cut back on maintenance.

        Without Landlords you’ll see dramatic swings in the price of houses. Landlords will start to buy as yield improves due to falling purchase prices. Owner Occupiers will sit on the side line in the hope that they will be able to buy at a lower price in the coming months.

  2. Some landlords will sell up, some will simply increase rents. Tenants that can’t afford or don’t want to buy now wont suddenly be able to in the future they will simply be put in a position where they have to pay more.

  3. I agree with Gtim; like many private landlords we run a small business and focus on tenant satisfaction as much as making a small profit.
    I also think that in the same way that Brexit will bring a slow decline in the UK economy (whatever the UK still consists of in a couple of years time), this legislation will see a slow decline in the availability of private rentals, rent rises, and have very little effect on house prices. There are other changes which might have a bigger impact, such as the growth in dedicated student accommodation, the decline in the number of foreign students and workers coming to the UK, and the growth in working or studying from home.
    I would also point out to this coalition of 19 for safe homes, that Grenfell was (I guess still is) owned by a council, a staunch cost-cutting contract-it-out Conservative one too – perhaps some action might be appropriate against similar councils?

  4. The presumption that the landlord has the upper hand ceases once the tenants enters the property.Thereafter the tenant holds all the cards. No landlord would resort to Section 21 to evict a good tenant.
    I have tenants who have continued on periodic tenancies for years. But occasionally I do need to evict.
    We now have to comply with numerous laws and licensing by local authorities.
    I do not see what more is needed.
    Who is representing landlors’ interest. I do not see that our association is doing this.

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