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Landlord body urges backing for ‘pragmatic’ amendments to the Renters Reform Bill

By Maurice Shasha  //  Mon 29th January 2024
The National Residential Landlords Association has urged MPs to back, what it calls ‘pragmatic’ changes to the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The association says that while it accepts the end of Section 21 no-fault evictions is coming, the bill must strike a balance.
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Along with colleagues, Conservative MP Anthony Mangnall has tabled amendments to the bill ahead of its report stage.

Fears have been expressed that the courts would not cope with the number of possession hearings once the option for Section 21 evictions is removed. The amendments require the government to publish a review of possession proceedings, before the abolition.  

There is a proposal that tenants could only give notice to vacate a property four months after the end of a fixed term tenancy - balancing security of tenure against stability for landlords.

Another proposal would mean text and email evidence from neighbours could be taken into account by the courts in anti-social behaviour cases.

And a proposed amendment would end landlord selective licensing schemes once the bill’s national property portal is operational, avoiding duplication.

According to Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association: “We accept that section 21 is going and agree that tenants need to feel empowered to challenge the actions of rogue and criminal landlords. However, amidst a supply crisis in the rental market, it is vital that the bill has the confidence of responsible landlords.

“These pragmatic changes would go a long way towards striking the balance between the needs of renters and the majority of landlords who do right by their tenants.”

Read more about this story on the Landlord Today website.

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