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Activists ask Boris Johnson to begin rental reform process tomorrow

Activists from pressure groups and London-focussed tenants’ bodies have handed in a letter to 10 Downing Street asking the Prime Minister to begin the process of reforming the private rental sector in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.

The Speech sets out the government’s legislative programme for the year ahead and over the weekend the Rental Reform Coalition - a group of 33 organisations - handed in a petition addressed to Boris Johnson.

The handover to Number 10 officials, accompanied by social media coverage from some of the organisations, was led by ex-Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of Generation Rent, one of the groups behind the coalition.


The letter says:

Dear Prime Minister

We are writing to urge you to keep your promise to bring forward the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday 10 May 2022.

In April 2019, the government announced a commitment to end Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, pledging that “private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason”. This change is keenly anticipated by private renters, who have watched the government recommit to a Renters’ Reform Bill at the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 and in 2021.

Three years on from this government’s first commitment, private renters up and down the country are relying on you to fulfil your promise of a Renters’ Reform Bill and make 2022 the year unfair evictions end for good.

With the rising cost of living, additional pressure is being placed on renters of all ages and backgrounds. Rapidly rising rents are squeezing household budgets and pushing ordinary people further from the dream of home ownership. The end of Coronavirus Act protections means that, until section 21 is repealed, renting families live in fear that requests for repairs could be met with an eviction that uproots their lives and adds further financial strain.

As outlined in the Levelling Up White Paper, the private rented sector has almost doubled in size in the past decade. Yet, one in eight privately rented homes in England pose a threat to tenants’ health, and the National Audit Office recently found that reforms to date have not been effective in ‘ensuring the sector is consistently fair for renters’. The Renters’ Reform Bill is a golden opportunity to fix these issues, essential to levelling up prosperity across the country.

This is why reforming private renting is a critical component of the government’s domestic policy agenda. Renters across England are crying out for an end to unfair evictions and expect to see this reflected in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May.

Our organisations, and our supporters, stand alongside private renters in calling for the government to keep its promise to deliver the Renters’ Reform Bill.



The letter is signed by the following Renters’ Reform Coalition members:

- Sue James, Chair, Renters’ Reform Coalition
- Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter

- Dame Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice
- Kiran Ramchandani, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis

- Joe Cole, Chief Executive, Advice 4 Renters
- Paul Kissack, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

- John McMillan, Chair, Camden Federation of Private Tenants
- Alicia Kennedy, Director, Generation Rent

- Michael Deas, Coordinator, London Renters Union
- Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive, New Economics Foundation

- Rohan Kon, Chair, ACORN the Union
- Julie Bishop, Director, Law Centres Network

- Portia Msimang, Coordinator, Renters Rights London
- Ben Clay, Lead Organiser, Greater Manchester Tenants’ Union

- Ben Reeve-Lewis, Strategic Case Manager, Safer Renting
- Dr Phil James, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

- Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS VP Higher Education, National Union of Students
- Anela Anwar, Chief Executive, Z2K

- Leigh Pearce, Chief Executive, Nationwide Foundation
- Jim Minton, Chief Executive, Toynbee Hall

- Anya Martin, Director, PricedOut

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    Is there any body who has signed this letter to the PM actually House anyone ?

    What they are actually asking the Prime Minister to do is make it even more difficult and costly for us to evict rent dodging, Property Damaging , Anti-social Tenants . Landlords do not Evict Tenants for no reason.

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    This request is akin to the Dinosaurs willing the asteroid to hit ! Clueless, they will destroy what they are campaigning to change.

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    This situation is beyond belief - these ‘Activists’ with their ridiculous demands will be responsible for making thousands of tenants homeless!

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    So what would Boris gain if he were to ? none of the above would vote for him even if he did bow to their demands, few tenants are likely to vote Conservative, none of this is going to win him votes, and he's already lost mine , and many other landlords and business people I suspect

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    Memo to Boris - Ignore this,in fact,bin it,and get on with more important things.

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    Reading all of their RIDICOULOUS demands, especially Generation Rent and Shelter's means all I will do is sell. I am waiting to evict some no good piece of **** tenant for months already due to the Deregulation Act. I am not handing my property over to some stranger who will have all the power and I have no say whatsoever. I can't wait to get out before ANY of this **** kicks in. Goodbye tenants. Hello happy stress free life.

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    ... Rental Reform comprising 33 organisations, - and what have landlords got, just the NRLA ( nuff said )

    I've long been suggesting that ALL the regional Landlord associations, including Propertymark, and other landlord related industries, form a ' Landlords Coalition '

    Only a Little appetite, I'm sad to say. !


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