Rental legislation is changing, do you know what’s coming?

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Rental legislation is changing, do you know what’s coming?

There is much speculation if the long-awaited Renters (Reform) Bill will become law in 2024 and before the general election. There have been several delays to the Bill which is currently being debated in the House of Commons. It will need to undergo similar scrutiny in the House of Lords before it can finally become law. Elements that weren’t in the original Bill, such as introducing the Decent Homes Standard to the private sector for the first time, have now been added in as part of the plans. It’s possible that further changes will be made as the Bill makes its way through the Commons and Lords.

During the debates held so far, there have been some concessions on issues that were giving landlords major concerns. There will still be broad grounds to evict anti-social tenants or those who consistently miss rental payments. Most unclear is Section 21. These so-called “no fault” evictions will not be abolished until the courts have been reformed, which leaves timelines muddy given that no concrete plans have been set out, or budgets allocated, to reform the courts. There are also valid concerns around whether the courts will be able to cope with the rise in cases this Bill will likely create, even with increased digitisation.

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