Big changes to the private rented sector

News at Mark Templer | 20/06/2022

The UK Government has published a Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper that claims it will redress the balance between landlords and 4.4 million tenants in the private rented sector. 
The main changes are as followed:
  • New blueprint for renters reform will end the injustice of unfit homes and help protect renters from rising cost of living
  • Banning section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions and extend the Decent Homes Standard to the sector
  • The end to arbitrary rent review clauses, giving tenants stronger powers to challenge poor practice, unjustified rent increases and enable them to be repaid rent for non-decent homes
  • It will be illegal for landlords or agents to have blanket bans on renting to families with children or those in receipt of benefits
  • It will be easier for tenants to share their homes with much-loved pets
Other measures are as followed:
  • A new property portal will be introduced that will provide a single front door to help landlords to understand, and comply with, their responsibilities as well as give councils and tenants the information they need to tackle rogue operators
  • Outlawing blanket bans on renting to families with children or those in receipt of benefits
  • All tenants are to be moved onto a single system of periodic tenancies, meaning they can leave poor quality housing without remaining liable for the rent or move more easily when their circumstances change. A tenancy will only end if a tenant ends or a landlord has a valid reason, as defined in law 
  • Doubling notice periods for rent increases and giving tenants stronger powers to challenge them if they are unjustified
  • Local Councils will have stronger powers to tackle the worst offenders, backed by enforcement pilots, and increasing fines for serious offences

Levelling Up and Housing Secretary Michael Gove said:

"For too long many private renters have been at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ evictions orders hanging over them.

"Our New Deal for renters will help to end this injustice by improving the rights and conditions for millions of renters as we level up across the country and deliver on the people’s priorities."