Tory MP: Why I’m hoping for a Renters Reform Bill announcement tomorrow

The demise of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions is set to come a step closer with the ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Tory MP: Why I’m hoping for a Renters Reform Bill announcement tomorrow | LandlordZONE.

Tory MP: Why I’m hoping for a Renters Reform Bill announcement tomorrow

The demise of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions is set to come a step closer with the expected announcement of the Renters Reform Bill in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech, a leading Tory MP has said.

First revealed in 2019, 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) said she expected to see it revived and able to 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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PROFILE: Meet the Labour’s new shadow housing minister who’s also a landlord

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PROFILE: Meet the Labour’s new shadow housing minister who’s also a landlord

New shadow housing minister Lucy Powell – who has called for tougher PRS regulations – is a landlord herself.

The MP for Manchester Central is in favour of secure tenancies for life and creating more regulation for HMOs but should have a good understanding of the sector’s challenges as she rents out a room in her London flat.

She is also a shareholder and director of New Road Management which owns the freehold of six flats in Camberwell, where she lives.

, an MP since 2012, replaced Thangam Debbonaire following Keir Starmer’s post-election reshuffle, and has been vocal in parliament about PRS shortcomings during the last decade.

In the debate on the Housing White Paper in 2017 she said: “By far and away the worst-quality housing in Manchester is in the private rented sector.

Broken market

“It is unfit for human habitation, infested, damp and dirty, and it is being paid for, by and large, by the taxpayer through housing benefit. When will the Government intervene in that broken market?”

In the past she’s called for a licensing scheme in the city and believes Airbnb and similar short let platforms are creating a serious problem in central Manchester, damaging neighbours’ lifestyle and neighbourhoods.

She’s endorsed the Labour policy of further relaxing the planning rules on building new homes and recently backed a rent to buy development in Openshaw where the rent is significantly reduced to allow tenants to save up to get a deposit to buy part or all of the house over five years.

Powell has regularly spoken out to get the government to support leaseholders in her constituency who are trapped in

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