The Superstrike saga is drawing to a close. That’s the view of RLA Policy Director Richard Jones after proposals from the RLA have been accepted by Government. The RLA has been heavily involved with conversations regarding the Superstrike Court of Appeal decision and its consequences. Richard Jones presented amendments to Phillip Davies, MP, who tabled the proposals which were ultimately accepted.
Essentially, without the RLA landlords would not have had this break from Government.
Subsequently the Government tabled an amendment which, in effect, accepted the RLA’s draft proposals which had been drawn up in consultation with other interested organisations.
Last May ‘Superstrike’ rocked the private rented sector (PRS) and brought tenancy deposits into public focus. At the time the RLA worked with other landlord groups and letting agents to ensure that outcomes were fair for all.
The DCLG have proved true to Mark Prisk’s words and the RLA are pleased with the rationale and outcome of the process of engagement and acceptance of the amendments. The RLA is pleased with the amendment now put forward by the Government to rectify the situation.
It specifically addresses the situation when a fixed term tenancy becomes statutory periodic. Following the Superstrike case, landlords have been advised to re-serve the prescribed information.
The amendment will make that no longer necessary. The amendment also clarifies what happens to tenancy deposits taken before April 6, 2007, when it became a requirement for all deposits to be protected by a recognised scheme.
Within three months of this amendment to the Deregulation Act 2014 becoming law, all deposits that have been taken must be protected, and the prescribed information served.
The amendment to the Deregulation Bill, likely to receive Royal Assent this summer, can be read here.
For the time being, landlords are reminded that for now, they should continue to re-serve the prescribed information when the tenancy becomes statutory periodic.
- House of Commons amendment document
- Superstrike articles on RLA news hub
- Advice and warnings: Superstrike
- Government ‘urgently exploring’ Superstrike fallout