Campaigns Regulation and Enforcement

Labour MP presses government on timetable for Renters’ Reform Bill introduction

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Rosie Cooper, Labour MP for West Lancashire has received her response to a written question on the timetable for the introduction of the Renters Reform Bill.

It has been two months since Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced the Renters Reform Bill as part of the Queens Speech.

Responding to Ms Cooper’s question, Junior Minister at MHCLG, Luke Hall MP, said that it would be brought forward “as soon as Parliamentary time allows.”

The Renters Reform Bill

The Renters Reform Bill was introduced in December during the Queen’s Speech.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said the new bill will introduce a package of reforms, including the abolition of Section 21.

Jenrick also pledged that the new bill will give landlords the right to gain possession of their property through the courts where there is a legitimate need for them to do so by reforming current legislation.

He also pledged to introduce a new lifetime deposit, so tenants won’t need to save for a new deposit every time they move house.

Section 21 in Wales

Meanwhile in Wales, a consultation has just launched following plans announced by Welsh Housing Minister Julie James AM last week to extend the minimum notice period for serving Section 21 in Wales, from two to six months.

This would effectively mean a landlord would not be able to repossess their property for twelve months, unless a tenant chooses to move out or has breached the terms of their contract.

As well as the main consultation that has been launched on this proposal, the Equality, Local Government and Communities committee has launched a survey inviting the views of landlords on the plans, which can be completed via this link.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.