6th July 2018
I wanted to let you know that earlier this week, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire announced that the Government will be launching a call for evidence in the autumn to better understand and improve the experience of people using courts and tribunal services in property cases, including considering the case for a specialist Housing Court.
The announcement was included as part of his speech at the Policy Exchange event on Monday 2 July. A transcript of his speech is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/policy-exchange-housing-speech
This was announced alongside the publication of a consultation seeking views on overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector. The consultation asks for views and opinions on the benefits and barriers to longer tenancies, and includes a proposed new model tenancy agreement of three years with a six month break clause.
The two announcements are linked because we understand that ensuring landlords are able to recover their properties quickly and easily needs to be considered in parallel with offering longer tenancies. This is discussed in paragraphs 39-44 of the consultation document which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/overcoming-the-barriers-to-longer-tenancies-in-the-private-rented-sector.
Mark S Nicholas | Private Rented Sector Division | Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government | 3rd Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF |
Tel. 0303 444 3642 |
Are you a landlord or a tenant in the Private Rented Sector? How to Rent; a checklist for renting in England, and How to Let; a guide for landlords are available to download at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-how-to-guides