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

12th May 2021

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 balanced private rented sector.The White Paper is expected to include Government’s proposals for the abolition of Section 21 evictions.  Reforms will also ensure landlords’ rights to regain possession of their property when it is fair and reasonable for them to do so.
  • Government will consult extensively with stakeholders to inform and shape these reforms to how the private rented sector operates in England, to build a system that works both for tenants and landlords.
  • Planned improvements will work to ensure all tenants have access to redress as well as well targeted effective enforcement to drive out criminal landlords, which will explore the merits of a landlord register.
  • Proposals for introducing a new ‘lifetime’ deposit model will also be set out, easing the burden when tenants choose to move home.
  • Legislation will be brought forward in due course, and the Government have made it clear ‘it is only right that the proposed reforms are considered in light of the impact of the pandemic and through engagement with stakeholders ahead of introduction to achieve the right outcomes for the rented sector.’

Further detail can be read here

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