Some surprise late changes were made to private rental law passing through Parliament that will affect whether landlords can evict tenants if MPs approve the amendments.
The changes are included under the Deregulation Bill that is expected to become law around the end of March 2015.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) updated the bill with some policy changes reflecting some recent court cases concerning tenant deposit protection.
The main amendments affecting landlords are:
- Tenants who have complained about repairs or living standards in their private rented home are protected against eviction if the local authority has issued a notice that confirms remedial work should be carried out due to a risk to health or safety of the tenant.
- Tenants will have a guaranteed two-month notice before they must leave their home. This measure stops landlords issuing an eviction notice when the tenant moves into a home that allows immediate eviction.
- New rules streamlining the eviction process for landlords when tenants are in rent arrears or behaving badly. The main change is landlords will have to give two months’ notice, but will not have to specify the date the tenancy ends
- If a landlord has failed to meet legal letting requirements, such as applying for an HMO licence, a tenant cannot be evicted. The DCLG expects to include gas safety certificates and energy performance certificates in this clause.
- Deposits on tenancies that started before April 6, 2007 that are now periodic must be protected within 90 days of the start of the new law.
“The quality of privately rented housing has improved rapidly over the past decade. However, there are a small number of rogue landlords whose behaviour has a detrimental impact on tenants and society more generally. Conversely, it can be difficult for good landlords to evict a tenant in circumstances where it would be legitimate to do so, for example because of non-payment of rent or anti-social behaviour,” said a DCLG spokesman.
“This amendment to the Deregulation Bill is designed to be a balanced package of measures that will benefit both tenants and landlords.”
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