The long-awaited Renters’ (Reform) Bill – published after a three-and-a-half-year wait – reveals the Government’s intention to abolish “no-fault” evictions in England.
The plans mark a significant overhaul of the private rental sector. Currently known as Section 21 evictions, these allow landlords to regain possession of their properties without providing a specific reason.
Housing Secretary Michael Gove has previously argued that this practice enables unscrupulous landlords to intimidate tenants into silence regarding disrepair issues.
In addition to the abolition of no-fault evictions, the Bill aims to establish a legal right for tenants to request permission to have pets in their homes. Landlords will be obligated to consider these requests reasonably and refrain from unreasonably denying them.
The proposed measures will affect approximately 11 million tenants and two million landlords in England, according to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
Key measures introduced by the Bill include:
Lorraine Walker, a Solicitor with Mander Hadley, who specialises in residential landlord and tenant matters, said: “The laws that regulate tenancy agreements have always been complicated and the latest Bill will undoubtedly raise concerns amongst residential landlords regarding their rights and obligations.
“Regardless of the proposed reforms to Section 21 evictions, it remains important that from the outset, a properly worded tenancy agreement is put in place and is agreed by both parties.
“If the tenancy agreement is not drafted properly it can result in disputes and legal action further down the line.”
At Mander Hadley, our experienced team of legal experts offer a full range of services for residential landlords including:
To help landlords understand their obligations, we have produced a free to download guide which is available here.
If you require further information on any matter relating to residential lettings or tenancy agreements, please get in touch with our expert team.
Solicitor – litigation and dispute resolution
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, I worked within the education sector as a senior leader in a secondary school.