Adjusted Right to Rent checks will end on 20 June

Following feedback from letting agents and landlords, the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to rent checks will now end on 20 June 2021 and not 16 May 2021 as originally announced. From 21 June 2021 landlords will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This is aligned with […]

Government responds to Select Committee report into Protecting the homeless & PRS

The Government has published their response to the Select Committee report into Protecting the homeless and the private rented sector. The response gives an outline of what will be in the Renters Reform Bill, including “longer term sector reform and abolishing Section 21” and the commitment to redress which has been left out of previous recent announcements. Commenting, Isobel […]

IMPORTANT: Debt Respite ‘Breathing Space’ scheme

From today, Tuesday 4th May 2021, the Debt Respite Scheme, or ‘Breathing Space’ scheme comes into force. Announced last year, the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) gives people in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors for up to 60 days. Importantly, this scheme will apply to tenants in debt to landlords […]

Notice periods to reduce from 1 June

Government have announced changes to eviction notice periods and the lifting of the ban on bailiff evictions from 1 June. Key points: As part of a phased approach, notice periods – previously extended to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – will be set at four months from 1 June. This will […]

The Queen’s Speech – Measures announced for renters’ reform

In Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, the Government reaffirmed its commitment to reform the private rented sector ‘to deliver a better deal for renters’.  We now have further detail from the Government on its planned reforms: A White Paper, set to be published in the Autumn, will outline the Government’s package of proposals to create a reformed and […]