Industry News Sally Walmsley 19/04/2024

Renters (Reform) Bill: Housing Minister to deliver exclusive member event

Housing Minister Jacob Young will address NRLA members in an exclusive webinar next week.  

Landlords will hear the minister explain the rationale behind new amendments to the Bill – outlined in full here   – after which there will be the opportunity to ask the minister questions.  

The webinar will take place at 2.30pm on Thursday, the day after the Renters (Reform) Bill is back in the Commons.   

Members can register to attend the webinar here. Questions can be submitted to the minister during the event via the live chat or submitted in advance by emailing: [email protected]   

The draft amendments, which were leaked to the press before Easter, include proposals that would prevent tenants from handing in their notice in the first six months of a tenancy.  

They also include a commitment to reform the courts prior to the loss of section 21 and extend grounds for possession for student lets to all student properties, not just HMOs.   

NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle said: “This is a real coup for us as an association and proof the Housing Minister is taking landlords’ needs seriously, while meeting the Government’s commitment to renters.  

“I am sure members will welcome the opportunity to quiz Jacob Young on the new amendments, as well as how and when they are likely to be implemented. Attendance is on a first come first served basis and is limited to 1,000, so book your place today.”  


The Government is keen to push ahead with its rental reform plans, to ensure the new legislation is passed ahead of a general election.   

Responding to the publication of the amendments this week, Ben said: “Our focus has been on ensuring that when section 21 repossessions end, the replacement system works and is fair, to both tenants and responsible landlords.   

“Tenants should rightly be empowered to hold rogue and criminal landlords to account to root out the minority who bring the sector into disrepute.    

However, it is vital that the majority of responsible landlords have confidence in the Bill to provide the homes for rent the country needs.   

“The amendments proposed by the Government strike that balance.   

“It is now important to provide certainty to the market, so it can transition smoothly to the new system.   

“We therefore call on MPs to ensure swift passage of the Bill through Parliament with the Government’s planned changes. This should be underpinned by action to improve the justice system for renters and landlords alike.”    

More information   

More all the latest on the Renters (Reform) Bill including the progress through parliament and FAQs click here.    

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley Magazine and Digital Editor

Sally is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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