The Government announced the Renters’ Reform Bill would:
- Abolish Section 21 repossession and reform the grounds for possession.
- Improve the court process for landlords to make it quicker and easier for them to get their property back.
- Introduce a new lifetime deposit so that tenants don’t need to save for a new deposit every time they move house.
- Develop and implement measures to widen access to and expand the scope of the database of rogue landlords and property agents.
- Give greater powers to drive improvements in standards, and empower tenants to make an informed choice about who they rent from.
The Government remains committed to ending Section 21 repossessions as part of its Renters’ Reform Bill. Although no clear timetable has been provided as to when it will be published, the Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher MP, has outlined that the Bill will be brought forward when 'there is a sensible and stable economic and social terrain' following the emergency coronavirus response.
You can download our proposals which we sent to the government here.
NRLA RRB Proposals
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The NRLA is calling for:
Clear and comprehensive grounds for possession: There needs to clear and comprehensive grounds upon which landlords can legitimately regain possession of a property for when there has been a ‘fault’, and where the landlord needs to make business decisions such as selling the property, moving in, or making substantial changes.
Court reform and conciliation: We continue to advocate for a dedicated housing court or tribunal which will ensure consistency in cases for both landlords and tenants, through specialist judges and court officials. Where there is a dispute, landlords and tenants should be able to seek conciliation during the notice period to try to avoid the need to go to court. Where tenants fail to abide by the judgements of the service, landlords could have their claim for possession fast tracked by the courts. In cases where landlords fail to abide, they would not be able to issue another possession notice for six months
Lifetime deposits: It is vital that the new system in no way discourages landlords from making valid claims for damage to properties. Landlords cannot be expected to give up their right of recourse to a security deposit until such time that they are satisfied there will be no need to make a claim against it.
Why are we campaigning on this issue?
With the abolishing of Section 21, landlords need to be assured they are able regain possession of their properties. The Government has stated their intention to use the Renters' Reform Bill to both protect tenants and give landlords more rights to gain possession of their property through the courts. It is important that through reforming the current legislation, the Government fulfil their promises to improve the court process for landlords to make it quicker and easier for them to get their property back sooner, while also protecting tenants.
What we’re doing
The NRLA have worked with our membership and those across the sector, including senior members of the judiciary, to come up with proposals for the Renters' Reform Bill which work for both landlords and tenants. Our proposals have been sent to government and we will be using them to work with government as they develop the Bill. We will continue to engage members on the proposals in the coming months, through our website, social media, emails and webinars, and keep members updated on developments of the Bill. We also aim to share landlords' stories to showcase real life examples of the challenges faced.
How we got here
The Government announced in the last Queen’s Speech that new measures will be brought forward to protect tenants. They reiterated in the Conservative Party’s 2019 General Election Manifesto that they would abolish so-called ‘no fault’ evictions through ending Section 21 and introduce lifetime deposits for tenants.
We have consulted the NRLA membership about their views on the Renters' Reform Bill so we can represent our members views to government. We’ve gathered stories of landlords experiences with possession, and most recently we conducted a member workshop on the proposals we’re sending to government for the Renters' Reform Bill.
Share your feedback
We want to hear from you what you think of our proposals to government, how you have engaged in the Renters' Reform Bill process and your experiences with possession.
The NRLA will publish its response to the Government consultation on its Renters Reform Bill next week. TheÂ bill includes widespread changes and includes plans to abolish Section 21 repossessions. Here Paul Shamplina, Head of Property for Hamilton Fraser and Founder of Landlord Action shares his thoughts on the Government proposals.