Michael Gove meets industry ahead of rental reforms

Housing secretary Michael Gove has met with industry representatives ahead of the rental reforms which are expected to hit the market in Autumn.

Gove met with the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), The Lettings Industry Council, David Smith from JMW, the British Property Federation, Generation Rent, Shelter, Citizens Advice, the Local Government Association, the Renters Reform Coalition and National Housing Federation.

The Renters Reform Act will abolish Section 21 evictions, introduce a Decent Homes Standard, as well as create an online database of landlords where all landlords have to join a redress scheme.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, wrote on LinkedIn: “I can assure you that as the only landlord and letting agent representatives, between us four we conveyed the concerns of the sector and those concerns were certainly heard. It was a fruitful discussion – Let’s see what happens next!”

The new legislation is set to be introduced after the King’s Speech in Autumn.