The UK Government recently unveiled landmark reforms with the Renters Reform Bill in order to bring significant changes to the country’s private and public rental sectors. This bill proposes to end no-fault evictions for tenants and ensure a fairer Private Rented Sector for landlords — who will be able to recover properties easily from anti-social tenants.
On 17th May, the UK Government had the first reading and published the first draft of the much-anticipated Renters
Reform Bill in Parliament. This long-awaited bill has generated substantial discussion over the past four years and
covers reforms of the obligations of both landlords and tenants.
Although the bill is subject to amendments as it passes through Parliament, its core objectives are to enhance the
rights of nearly 11 million tenants. While the bill’s passage through Parliament will take some time, let’s explore some
key provisions that benefit tenants and landlords.
The Renters Reform Bill will protect over two million landlords in the UK and recognize their possession needs by
introducing additional grounds for possession in cases of anti-social behavior.
Once passed, the Renters Reform bill will eliminate Section 21, which currently enables landlords to evict tenants
without specifying a reason.
The government also intends to introduce a new Ombudsman to effectively resolve minor disputes, providing swift
resolutions without court involvement. A digital property portal will provide landlords and tenants with vital
information regarding their respective responsibilities.
Under the Renters Reform Bill, the concept of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements (ASTs) will be abolished entirely.
Consequently, all tenancies will be treated as periodic tenancies and rental periods will be limited to either 28 days
or one month. If a landlord issues a notice to quit or attempts to establish a fixed-term tenancy, they can face local
There will be no fixed terms for tenancies. Therefore, tenants can give two months’ notice and terminate their tenancy
at any time. They can also move into a property and give notice the same day.
Under this bill, with the landlord’s consent, tenants in the UK will have the right to keep a pet. However, this consent
must be accepted and withheld, and landlords must respond within 42 days of the request. Landlords will have the option
to require tenants to obtain pet insurance as a condition for granting consent.
This bill signifies a substantial shift in the UK’s private and public rental sectors, providing enhanced security for
tenants, recognising the demands and rights of landlords, and promoting a fair and balanced rental market.
With the Renters Reform Bill gaining momentum, now is an excellent time for tenants and landlords to seek advice and
ensure they are well-prepared for the proposed reforms. If you require assistance or guidance on the bill’s implications
or any property-related matters, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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