A government white paper published on the 15th of June 2022 has set out reforms set to impact the private rental sector.
These reforms include the banning of a section 21 notices, i.e. the ability of landlords to terminate a tenancy by giving notice without giving a reason for termination.
This will be introduced with the aim of providing tenants with greater security in respect of their tenancy and removing tenants’ fear of having their tenancy terminated if they raise a complaint regarding the condition of the property.
New grounds will be introduced to ensure responsible landlords still have a degree of flexibility to terminate a tenancy under the following circumstances:
- Where the Landlord wishes to sell the property
- Where the Landlord wishes to occupy the property, or a close family member will occupy (although this will only bite after 6 months has passed)
- Serious repeated rent arrears – if the tenant has dipped in and out of 2 month rent arrears. Tenant must have been in 2 months’ rent arrears on 3 occasions within the last 3 years.
Further reforms include the introduction of the private landlord’s ombudsman, of which membership will be compulsory. This will provide tenants with an out of court procedure to pursue landlords for any grievances and provide a further level of accountability to tenants.
There may also be further reforms in the pipeline:
- Landlords limited to annual rental increases, with the requisite notice period doubling
- Landlords no longer able to reasonably withhold tenant’s request for a pet
- Landlords no longer able to place a blanket ban on renting to families in receipt of benefits and/ or families with children.
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Written by Jessica Egan