Landlords At Government Top Table Talks On Rental Reforms
An industry body has been invited by the government to take part in “high-level” talks as part of the consultation process over the rental reforms in the private rented sectorPrivate Rented Sector (prs) is housing that is privately owned and is let tenants.
The body has issued a statement stating that it will take part in the discussions brought about by the government’s promise of a White Paper which will be available sometime in the Autumn.
So after a lengthy wait the industry will finally be able to see the report on the Renters Reform Bill which will include saying that the government will more than likely scrap Section 21 or severely neuter its powers, change landlord’s possession procedures within Section 8 notices. Another much mooted scheme of ‘passporting’ a lifetime’s tenant’s deposit from one landlord to another will probably be included in the Bill.
The industry body’s statement says: “Ahead of publication, the government is inviting stakeholders to discuss the plans to the first of a series of roundtable meetings, chaired by Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.
“The meeting, later this month, will focus on establishing the challenges facing the private rented sector and delivering change that works for all.”
A spokesperson for the industry body also said: “The outline proposals detailed when the Bill was first mooted two years ago included some of the biggest changes to the private rented sector in 30 years.
“It is therefore vital the government ensures reforms are fair and workable for both landlords and tenants and we will be working with ministers to make sure that is the case.
“The original proposals included a commitment to strengthen landlords’ rights to repossess, with valid reason, and we will make it clear we expect them to honour this.
“Any new legislation must include comprehensive grounds upon which landlords can legitimately repossess properties. We would also like to see the development of a new tenant-landlord conciliation service to help sustain tenancies wherever possible and court reform to ensure possession cases are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
“Once again, we will be representing members at key discussions at the highest level and would encourage members to get in touch to share their views about our Renters’ Reform plans.”