Tory MP: Why I’m cheering on the Renters Reform Bill

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Tory MP: Why I’m cheering on the Renters Reform Bill

The demise of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions took a step closer yesterday with the announcement of a White Paper in the Autumn within the Queen’s Speech as the government seeks to progress its Renters Reform Bill.

Progress has been glacial. First revealed in Spring 2019 via a consultation, the bill will also bolster the Section 8 notice process, usher in a national scheme of ‘lifetime deposits’ for tenants, and reform or abolish Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

Writing in The Times, Conservative MP Nickie Aiken (pictured) says she is encouraged that the bill will be revived after being mothballed during Covid because it will make fundamental changes to help fix renters’ problems and strengthen their rights.

The Cities of London and Westminster MP said it needed to remove the “arbitrariness of evictions” and create a system less skewed in favour of landlords by abolishing Section 21.

“I have immediate family who have moved from the security of homeownership to the private rented sector,” said Aiken. “Like many families in similar situations, the precarious nature of the sector is striking.

“Poor living standards and regulatory problems are an all-too-familiar reality for many renters. Even the best tenants have little protection from being ousted from the place that they call home.”

Unsettling

She added: “It is unsettling that eviction can happen to virtually anyone through the powers of Section 21 notices.”

Aiken pointed to a new YouGov poll that showed 76% of people think landlords should not be able to evict tenants without giving an acceptable reason.

She said that while it was clear the market has seen some seismic shifts, legislation has been slow to keep up or even respond to these changes.

“The abolition of Section 21 is the start but we need to do more to support our renters to give people a stake in the property market and assure them with long-term security.”

She added however, that it was important to recognise that any changes should not take away from a landlord’s right to regain possession of their property when tenants are at fault.

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Landlord boiler service tackled by industry watchdog over misleading ad

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Landlord boiler service tackled by industry watchdog over misleading ad

A boiler service and sales company that works with landlords has amended its advertising after a member of the public complained that the firm’s online price list was misleading.

The ad appeared on the website of Manchester-based firm 24/7 Home Assist Ltd, which trades as 24/7 Home Rescue. It included a price list which stated “£4.49/month Free Boiler Service” and “£9.45 Free Boiler Service”.

As part of the ad, landlords were told that the service included a “30 Day Rolling Contract* No more frustrating home care experience, like fixed contracts, unreliable engineers, and hidden plan charges”.

The member of the public, who understood that the plan automatically changed to an annual contract after an annual service, which included an £144 cancellation charge, challenged whether the claims “30 Day Rolling Contract*” and no more fixed contracts” were misleading.

Misleading claim

They also challenged whether the claims “Free Boiler Service” and that there were no more hidden plan charges were misleading.

The UK’s for advertisers says that: “Marketing communications must not mislead the consumer by omitting material information. They must not mislead by hiding material information or presenting it in an unclear, unintelligible, ambiguous or untimely manner.”

After being contacted by the ASA compliance team, 247 Home Assist agreed to amend the ad and assured the ASA that all future ads will include significant limitations and qualification.

On that basis, the case was resolved by the ASA without having to proceed to a full adjudication.

offers landlords and homeowners both a low-cost monthly boiler repair service and a ‘no up front cost’ boiler purchase and maintenance package.

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