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20th June, 2022

"No fault" evictions to be banned in England under Renters Reform Bill

The government has unveiled detailed proposals aimed at producing a fairer private rented sector. A white paper published last Thursday, 16th June, 2022, seeks to ensure millions of families will benefit from living in decent, well looked-after homes as part of what the government calls "the biggest shake up of the private rented sector in thirty years".

The white paper seeks to redress the balance between landlords and 4.4 million private rented tenants, providing new support for cost of living pressures with protections for the most vulnerable, and new measures to tackle arbitrary and unfair rent increases.

The majority of tenants enjoy safe and secure rentals, but for the 21% of private renter and households who currently live in unfit homes, this 'New Deal' would extend the Decent Homes Standard to the private sector for the first time, levelling up opportunities. This means homes must be free from serious health and safety hazards, and landlords must keep homes in a good state of repair so renters have clean, appropriate and useable facilities.

So-called 'no fault' section 21 evictions – that allow landlords to terminate tenancies without giving any reason – will be outlawed. More than a fifth of private renters who moved in 2019 and 2020 did not end their tenancy by choice, including 8% who were asked to leave by their landlord.

Other measures in the bill include:

    Helping the most vulnerable by outlawing blanket bans on renting to families with children or those in receipt of benefits

    For the first time, ending the use of arbitrary rent review clauses, restricting tribunals from hiking up rent and enabling tenants to be repaid rent for non-decent homes. This will make sure tenants can take their landlord to court to seek repayment of rent if their homes are of unacceptable standard

    Making it easier for tenants to have much-loved pets in their homes by giving all tenants the right to request a pet in their house, which the landlord must consider and cannot unreasonably refuse

    All tenants to be moved onto a single system of periodic tenancies, meaning they can leave poor quality housing without remaining liable for the rent or move more easily when their circumstances change. A tenancy will only end if a tenant ends or a landlord has a valid reason, defined in law

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    Doubling notice periods for rent increases and giving tenants stronger powers to challenge them if they are unjustified

    Giving councils stronger powers to tackle the worst offenders, backed by enforcement pilots, and increasing fines for serious offences

In addition, the estimated 2.3 million private landlords will have greater clarity and support through the following measures:

    A new Private Renters’ Ombudsman will be created to enable disputes between private renters and landlords to be settled quickly, at low cost, and without going to court

    Ensuring responsible landlords can gain possession of their properties efficiently from anti-social tenants and can sell their properties when they need to

    Introducing a new property portal that will provide a single front door to help landlords to understand, and comply with, their responsibilities as well as giving councils and tenants the information they need to tackle rogue operators.


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