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Government to hold second reading of Renters Reform Bill on Monday – reports

  • 18/10/2023
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Government to hold second reading of Renters Reform Bill on Monday – reports
The second reading of the Renters Reform Bill is due to take place on Monday next, bringing reforms such as the abolition of Section 21 eviction notices one step closer to being passed, media reports have suggested.

Initially reported in The Financial Times, Department for Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove has won an “internal battle” to have the second reading of the legislation this coming Monday.

There will then be carry-over motion which will then allow the speech to move into the next parliamentary session which is initiated by the King’s speech on 7 November.

Media reports suggest that there had been internal disharmony among the government around the bill, with The Financial Times noting that of the 87 MPs earning an income from rental property, 68 of them are Conservatives.

The Renters Reform Bill was introduced in May this year with some measures including abolishing assured shorthold tenancies and Section 21 eviction notices.

The bill also aims to amend and strengthen the grounds landlords can use to repossess properties and introduces a process to implement annual rent increases.

Other measures in the bill include establishing a new independent Ombudsman for the private rented sector and a PRS property portal. Landlord would also be required to consider tenant requests to keep pets.

Including the second reading, the bill would have to go through 11 stages to become law.


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