From: PRS Strategy & Engagement <PRSStrategyandEngagement@levellingup.gov.uk>
Sent: 11 May 2022 10:22
To: PRS Strategy & Engagement <PRSStrategyandEngagement@levellingup.gov.uk>
Subject: Renters Reform Bill
We are delighted to announce that the Government will be bringing forward a Renters Reform Bill in the third session. The intention to legislate was mentioned in the Queen’s speech itself and as you may have noted from the accompanying lobby pack the Bill will centre around 4 landmark reforms to the sector:
- The application of the Decent Homes Standard to the PRS for the first time ever, meaning that all rented homes must be free of serious hazards and repairs must be made to ensure properties are in a reasonable condition.
- We will require all landlords to register with a new private rented property portal bringing together information about properties in one place. The portal will help landlords understand their rights and responsibilities, support effective enforcement by local authorities and empower prospective tenants to make informed choices about renting.
- Abolishing section 21 evictions to deliver a radically fairer deal for renters enabling them to challenge poor practice. We will reform possession grounds for landlords, introducing new and stronger grounds for repeated incidences of rent arrears and reducing notice periods for anti-social behaviour, ensuring that they can regain their property efficiently when needed.
- The introduction of a new PRS Ombudsman covering all PRS landlords who rent out property in England, giving private rented sector tenants full access to redress.
Further detail can be found in the press notice https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-deliver-new-deal-for-renters
We are confident that together these reforms will deliver the security and quality that tenants need whilst providing landlords with the tools to manage their properties effectively.
I am sure that you will be interested in the detail of the above measures as well as our wider reform package. Further detail on this, and our plans for implementation, will be covered in our White Paper that will be published shortly.