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Queen's Speech 2022 promises to advance the Renters Reform Bill

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19-05-2022

The Queen’s Speech 2022 has promised landmark reform in the private rented sector. The speech confirmed the government’s commitment to working on the Renters Reform Bill and announced that a White Paper will be published in the near future.

The proposed reform includes:

  1. Abolishing ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions in assured shorthold tenancies.
  2. Extending the Decent Homes Standard to the private rented sector.
  3. Strengthening landlords’ grounds for repossession when repossession is justified and reasonable.
  4. Creating a new Private Renters’ Ombudsman to help settle disputes.
  5. Introducing a new property portal to help landlords and tenants understand their obligations.

The new legislation is intended to provide clarity and the government has stated that it is seeking to strike a balance so that high standards are expected of both landlords and tenants, ensuring the quality and safety of rented property remains paramount.

This year’s speech did not make reference to introducing a ‘lifetime’ deposit which moves with the tenant, as was previously proposed in the 2019 Queen’s Speech.

The Bill is awaited and the exact reform to be implemented will therefore remain unknown until its passage through Parliament.

Key points

  • The Renters Reform Bill is set to be accelerated through Parliament this year.
  • The reform seeks to promote fairness amongst landlords and tenants, most notably by abolishing ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions.
  • Keep an eye out for a White Paper which will be published shortly with further details of the proposed reform.

For more information, please contact:

Balraj Birdi
Partner and Head of Residential Sales & Investment
balrajbirdi@eversheds-sutherland.com

Natalie Carr
Trainee Solicitor
nataliecarr@eversheds-sutherland.com