Activists got reassurance from Boris Johnson and Liz Truss in the past, and have a supportive politician in the form of Michael Gove back as Housing Secretary - but they still want more reassurance that the government will scrap Section 21 eviction powers.
The Rental Reform Coalition - a group of 20 campaigning organisations including Generation Rent and anti-landlord and anti-letting agent body Acorn - has issued a statement saying: “We welcome the government’s commitment to ending no-fault evictions.
“However, with political events creating uncertainty around private renting reform, we are calling on the new Prime Minister to restate their commitment to the Renters’ Reform Bill and introduce it to Parliament without delay.
“Recent polling by Opinium revealed that the Renters’ Reform Bill is popular, with 79% of the overall public supporting measures to improve security in private renting, including 80% of over 65s and those who voted Conservative at the last election.
“Already, it’s been over three years since the government promised to reform private renting. Private renters face another winter without these vital reforms.
“In a cost-of-living crisis, they can’t wait any longer.
“We, the undersigned, call on the government to keep its commitment to renters and pass the Renters’ Reform Bill in the current parliamentary session.”
The statement is then signed by the activist groups, namely: Acorn, Advice for Renters, Camden Federation of Private Tenants, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Citizens Advice, Greater Manchester Tenants Union, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Law Centres Network, London Renters Union, Nationwide Foundation, New Economics Foundation, National Union of Students, Priced Out, Renters Rights London, Safer Renting, Shelter, Toynbee Hall, Z2K Fighting Poverty.
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