NEW White Paper on Rentals

Earlier last week the Government set out new white paper policies on rental properties, giving the tenants more clarity and security.

Measures published include:

  • Outlawing blanket bans on renting to families with children or those in receipt of benefits
  • Making it easier for tenants to have much-loved pets in their house, which the landlord must consider and cannot reasonably refuse
  • All tenants to be moved onto a single system if periodic tenancies meaning they can leave poor quality housing without remaining liable for the rent or move more easily when their circumstances change. A tenancy will only end if a tenant ends, or a landlord has a valid reason defined in law.
  • Doubling notice period for rent increase and giving tenants stronger powers to challenge them if unjustified
  • Giving councils stronger powers to tackle the worst offenders, backed by enforcement pilots, and increasing fines for serious offences.
  • Ending the use or arbitrary rent review clauses, restricting tribunals from hiking up rent and enabling tenants to be repaid rent for non-decent homes. This will make sure tenants can take their landlord to court to seek repayment of rent if their homes are of an unacceptable standard.

Not only will this white paper reform assist tenants but landlords too.

Private landlords will have greater clarity and support through the following measures:

  • A new Private Renters Ombudsman will be created to enable disputes will be created to enable disputes between private renters and landlords to be settled quickly, at low cost, and without going to court.
  • Ensuring responsible landlords can gain possession of their properties efficiently from anti-social tenants and can sell their properties when they need to
  • Introducing a new property portal that will provide a single front door to help landlords to understand and comply with, their responsibilities as well as giving councils and tenants the information they need to tackle rogue operators.

 

More information can be found here:

New deal for private renters published today – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)