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Renters (Reform) Bill to return to the Commons this week

The much-delayed Renters (Reform) Bill is finally returning to the House of Common this week.

On Wednesday the bill will receive its second reading with the following amendments:

  • A review of the courts before Section 21 is abolished for existing tenancies, to ensure they can cope with a higher workload.
  • Tenants won’t be able to give two months’ notice leave until they have been in a property for at least four months, for fixed term tenancies.
  • Student housing will be given a new ground for possession to ensure student landlords can retain the annual cycle of student tenants.

Beverley Kennard, head of lettings operations at Knight Frank, said: “These welcome amendments to the Renters (Reform) Bill will provide more security to landlords and tenants. The abolishment of Section 21 evictions will make the system clearer for renters, as landlords will be required to give an acceptable reason for evictions, based on evidentiary grounds – for example rent arrears or moving back into the property.

“We urge the government to pass the Bill promptly. Implementing these changes and striking the right balance between landlords and tenants’ needs will ultimately bring more confidence and clarity to our vitally important rental market.”

The measures were first set out in 2019 by former Prime Minister Theresa May, while the bill was first published in May last year.