August 15, 2023

Renters (Reform) Bill - Update

As you may be aware, the Renters Reform Bill is currently being considered by Government. Nothing has become law just yet, but here is a reminder of the possible changes being proposed:  What's included in the Renters (Reform) Bill?

1. Section 21 "no fault" evictions to be abolished

  • Section 8 notices will likely be strengthened should a landlord wish to sell the property and to ensure tenants who fail to pay rent or who are in breach of their tenancy can still be evicted.

2. Periodic tenancies to become standard

  • no more fixed term tenancies, with tenants being able to give two months' notice at any time.

3. Notice periods for rent increases to be doubled

  • from one month to two months through a likely standardised mechanism using a Section 13

4. Tenants given more rights to keep pets in properties

  • Refusal for allowing pets will likely require a valid reason.

5. A new ombudsman covering all private landlords

6. A new property portal for private landlords and tenants

Future proposed changes for the private rented sector:

1. Applying the Decent Home Standard to the private rented sector

2. Bans on renting to families with children or those on benefits to be outlawed

We will of course continue to monitor the Bill's progress and Ginger & Sanders are more than happy to assist with any questions or concerns you might have.

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