Luis Ngugi a solicitor in our commercial litigation department looks at the Renters Reform Bill following the Queen’s Speech.
Renters Reform Bill
The much-anticipated Renters Reform Bill continues to be a major talking point and a key part of the Government’s plans to reform this sector.
While we await the White Paper which is due shortly, the Queen’s Speech gave an insight into what we can expect.
The commitment to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions.
The Government is set to abolish the no fault procedure. In return it will be carefully considering the grounds available to landlords for possession. These will include stronger measures for repeated anti-social behavior and repeated rent arrears and to allow landlords the ability to repossess their property efficiently when faced with this situation.
A new ombudsman and property portal
In the spirit of avoiding disputes, landlords can refer a dispute to an ombudsman to prevent matters escalating to court proceedings. There will also be a portal which will include information for landlords to understand their obligations, allowing for better transparency and enabling tenants to hold their landlords to account for poor practices and unfair treatment.
The Decent Homes Standard in the private rented sector
The Government is looking at imposing the Decent Homes Standard (DHS). This will give tenants confidence that they are in safe, good quality homes that meet the requirements. There is also the possibility that a landlord will need to provide evidence of compliance with the DHS before commencing eviction proceedings.
For now, the section 21 procedure is still the most efficient and cost-effective method of evicting a tenant from a residential property. A link to Covid Pandemic and possession proceedings can be found here. With Covid restrictions lifted and the Covid Notice requirement ending towards the end of June this year, now is the best time to act.
If you need advice in relation possession proceedings, we can help. We will work with you to review your position and determine the best possible outcome in line with your objectives. For further information call Luis Ngugi on 01689887803 or by email email@example.com.