The government’s white paper, aimed at reforming the private rented sector, is coming under the scrutiny of the parliamentary committee for levelling up, housing and communities.
The committee has launched an inquiry into the white paper and is inviting written evidence until 19 August, with live sessions expected in September.
The inquiry will look at the contents of the white paper including plans to introduce a decent homes standard, abolish no-fault evictions, reform the grounds for possession and offer tenants greater protection against unfair rent increases.
It will also consider proposals to set up a new private sector housing ombudsman, speed up the court processes and address landlords who refuse to rent homes to people claiming benefits.
Industry body the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is urging its members to write to their MPs about the ways in which the proposed changes could affect them. According to the NRLA the White Paper, entitled ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’ would spell the biggest change to private renting in decades.
The association has five key asks ahead of publication of the bill, without which it believes legislation will be unworkable. These include the need for court reforms and a change in attitudes towards landlords from the government, as well as detailed proposals for tackling anti-social tenants.
People wishing to submit written evidence can do so by responding to a number of questions from the committee, such as whether the proposals would result in a fairer private rented sector.
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