The landlords’ trade body has been invited to join what it calls “high-level” talks with government over reforms to the private rental sector.
A statement on the National Residential Landlords Association’s website says that its chief executive Ben Beadle has been invited to discuss the government pledge for a White Paper to be issued this autumn.
This is likely to be the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill which, according to the Conservative manifesto at the last General Election, will probably scrap Section 21 and modify Section 8 possession powers for landlords. It will also introduce the concept of a deposit which can be ‘passported’ from one property to another when a tenant moves home.
The NRLA statement says: “Ahead of publication, the government is inviting stakeholders to discuss the plans, with the NRLA invited to the first of a series of roundtable meetings, chaired by Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.
“The meeting, later this month, will focus on establishing the challenges facing the private rented sector and delivering change that works for all.”
Beadlle himself says: “The outline proposals detailed when the Bill was first mooted two years ago included some of the biggest changes to the private rented sector in 30 years.
“It is therefore vital the government ensures reforms are fair and workable for both landlords and tenants and we will be working with ministers to make sure that is the case.
“The original proposals included a commitment to strengthen landlords’ rights to repossess, with valid reason, and we will make it clear we expect them to honour this.
“Any new legislation must include comprehensive grounds upon which landlords can legitimately repossess properties. We would also like to see the development of a new tenant-landlord conciliation service to help sustain tenancies wherever possible and court reform to ensure possession cases are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
“Once again, we will be representing members at key discussions at the highest level and would encourage members to get in touch to share their views about our Renters’ Reform plans."
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