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Rental Reform White Paper - has it been delayed AGAIN?

The government appears to have admitted that the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper has now been delayed yet again, this time until the autumn.

In a civil servant job description the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities talks of the government’s extensive pledges to reform the private rental sector and then says part of the programme is to “Publish a White Paper detailing this reform package in the autumn, with legislation to follow in due course.”

The reform package was originally promised in 2019 with the delivery date then pushed out - it was to have been last autumn, then the 2022 New Year and more recently the spring. 


Now the job description issued just this week - for a position working on the new National Landlord Register - has mentioned the autumn.

Earlier this year Housing Secretary announced radical pledges to change the private rental sector including a mandatory landlord register and the requirement for landlords to be member of a redress organisation. 

However even more radical proposals - including scrapping Section 21 eviction powers - have long been expected in a White Paper, likely to be be the first part of a road leading to a Renters’ Reform Bill which is then expected to pass into law.



As recently as January Eddie Hughes MP - the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - told the House of Commons: “The housing market has undoubtedly left thousands of tenants feeling insecure and unprotected. However, this does not need to be the case and it should not be the case. We, the government, want to shift the odds in favour of renters and deliver a better deal for them.”

However, Hughes has also gone on record - at a Tory party event - as saying: “We’re reaching out to all elements of the [priuvate rental] sector to try to make sure there are no unintended consequences … We want to get this right. For example if we start from a position of ‘Landlords Bad/Tenants Good’ then the approach might be too stringent for landlords and they’ll be forced out of the market. We don’t want that.”

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    And no mention of the white paper with changes to EPC regulations. Shocking - how are we supposed to plan when we don't know what we are planning for?


    While we don't know all the facts and requirements it would be fool hardy to be spending any money to improve the EPCs

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    Totally agree with Andrew, I will be spending not one single penny until the rules are in, if the worst does happen then I will gain zero on my sales price.

  • David Saunders

    Come this Autumn it will be 3 1/2 years since the then housing minister James Brokenshire first announced government's intention to reform rentals. Even the long drawn out Brexit negotiations that seemed to go on forever didn't take as long and methinks the delay will go on until just before next election when landlords will be hung out to dry so Tories can grab some of Labour's core voters looking to rent.


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