17 May 2023
CIH has welcomed the bill which should help to redress the balance of power between private tenants and landlords and provide more security of tenure.
Responding to the bill, CIH chief executive Gavin Smart said,
“All renters should be able to live in decent, secure and affordable homes and to settle in their community. We support the government’s commitment to help deliver on this through a Renters (Reform) Bill.
"Given cost of living pressures and rising homelessness rates, often linked to the end of a private rented sector tenancy, we particularly welcome the end of the landlord’s right to end the tenancy without good reason and measures to tackle arbitrary and unfair rent increases.
"We’re pleased to see the establishment of an Ombudsman for private renters and a portal to support private landlords to understand and fulfil their obligations, and to enable tenants to better hold their landlords to account.
"We recognise the need for landlords to be able to recover their properties in certain circumstances, but it is important to ensure that protections are in place as antisocial behaviour can be misidentified, especially in situations where domestic abuse is present.
"We look forward to the Government introducing the further key provisions committed to in the White Paper - applying the Decent Homes Standard to the private rented sector, making it illegal for landlords and agents to have blanket bans on renting to tenants in receipt of benefits or with children, and strengthening local councils’ enforcement powers.
"We will work with our members and partners in examining the detail to ensure the new measures are workable and provide appropriate protections.”
The Bill will:
The private rented sector white paper also committed to further reforms to support landlords and tenants. Government has indicated that it remains committed to implementing these reforms and will bring forward legislation at the earliest opportunity to:
The Bill is available to view on the Parliament website.
The CIH member-exclusive What you need to know about the Renters (Reform) Bill is available now to download.
CIH Members can download this essential WYNTK summary guide of the White Paper offering a ‘new deal’ for private renters in England.