The government has indicated that that it will not be bringing the much debated Renters’ Reform Act forward as draft legislation until the Covid crisis is over, which LandlordZONE has been informed means at earliest next year.

Given the six to nine month lead times for legislation to make it through parliament, even with cross-party support, this means it will a year until Section 21 notice evictions are abolished.

The Renters’ Reform Act as proposed is the tool that the government intends to use to do away with Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 ‘no fault’ evictions, which many landlords use to regain possession of a property when they wish to sell it or move in themselves.

Chris Pincher told parliament yesterday in reply to an urgent question from shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire about giving tenants greater rights, that the draft legislation will see the light of day ‘in due course, when we have [a] stable terrain on which to do so’.

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“That will improve tenants’ rights. We will also ensure that there is provision for a lifetime deposit scheme in that Bill,” he said.
The act has, by any measure, been severely disrupted by the Covid crisis,” he said.

The Renters’ Reform Act announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19th December just after the general election following a consultation that ran from July to October 2019 which sought views on abolishing Section 21.

Originally announced in April last year, the proposed legislation was described by Ministers as an attempt to ‘modernise’ the rented sector, and has been heralded by government as a ‘fairer deal for both landlords and tenants’.

But so far the government has yet to even publish its analysis of the feedback, a sure sign that Ministers at MHCLG have neither the time nor inclination at the moment to tackle this thorny issue.





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5 COMMENTS

  1. So…no news on the so called ‘beefing’ up of section 8 notices then?
    Unless landlords have a sure fire way of evicting non paying/anti social etc tenants in a timely manner (ie- 8 weeks max) then I can see mass section 21 evictions before it’s abolished. More selective tenant vetting will be the outcome which means benefit tenants will become a problem for social housing providers/councils to deal with as the private sector won’t entertain them.
    At the moment tenants can refuse inspections, refuse gas safety checks, fiddle benefits etc and the landlord can do little about it, now, you can’t evict them either?

    • Yes, Chris – tenants can do whatever they like. I shouldn’t be surprised if the ‘conservative’ government doesn’t soon introduce legislation to also force landlords to pay tenants compensation if they lose their jobs on top of foregoing rent.

  2. Yes just gets better and better. Get out of PRS asap😁. Why stay in an industry when the whole population treats you like scrum!

  3. It seems it’s all about gaining voting tickets and please the majority. Landlords are minority and cannot make big waves if they have been unfair treated.

    It’s a form of bullying.

    Stop bullying landlords, majority of the landlords work around the clock to provide good accommodation, this has NEVER been acknowledged.

  4. In Absolutely NO way, shape or Form the Renters Reform Act, ” fairer for Landlords ” – Quite the opposite.
    Like most of the legislation passed in the last decade punitively and singularly on the PRS, there will be unintended consequences for Tenants.

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