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What is the Renters (Reform) Bill and how could it affect me?

The Renters (Reform) Bill is a piece of legislation that outlines the government's plans to fundamentally reform the private rented sector.

One of the objectives of the Bill is to ensure renters have access to a secure and decent home.

The Bill will: 

  • Abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.

  • Provide stronger protections against retaliatory evictions. 

  • Introduce more possession grounds where tenants are at fault, for example in cases of anti-social behaviour.

  • Reform tenancy agreements so that all assured tenancies are periodic. A periodic tenancy is often referred to as a rolling tenancy with no fixed end date.

  • Introduce a new Ombudsman that all private landlords must join. Tenants will be able to go to the Ombudsman if they have a housing issue and are unhappy with the way their landlord has handled their complaint.

  • Introduce a new Property Portal including a database of landlords and privately rented properties in England. It will give tenants more transparency on the standard of the property they're renting.

  • Give tenants the right to request a pet in their property, which the landlord must consider and cannot unreasonably refuse.

 The Bill is currently making its way through parliament, but it has experienced many delays and amendments.

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