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Have Your Say! Consultation opens on Rental Reform White Paper

The National Residential Landlords Association is asking all landlords - not just its members - to contribute to a consultation on the government’s Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper.

“Given the interest, we are opening this up to any landlord or lettings agent” says NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle.

The White Paper includes a raft of proposals - many controversial, and widely interpreted as favouring tenants over landlords.


The proposals include the removal of Section 21 eviction powers; strengthening some mandatory grounds for eviction under Section 8, including repeated arrears; extending the Decent Homes Standard to cover the private rented sector; stronger powers for tenants to challenge landlords and claim back rent where homes don’t meet the Decent Homes Standard; strengthening the current bans on not renting to tenants with children or those receiving benefits under consumer protection law, by making it explicit under property law; and stopping landlords from refusing a tenant’s request to have a pet in the property without a good reason, but allowing them to require the tenant to get insurance to cover any damage.

Other measures change tenancy durations, set up a kind of national landlord register, and introducing a formal rental redress system.

Now the NRLA wants landlords to give their views on:

- which parts of the proposed reforms threaten the private rented sector;

- which parts could landlords live with?

- what will be the impact of these reforms on the sector?

- which specific parts of the sector are most at risk?

- whether suppliers to the industry have similar fears? 

The NRLA says: “Your responses will help us identify those areas of most concern. It provides an evidence base and help us point out the consequences of these reforms if passed unchecked. This consultation will take around 25-30 minutes to complete. Landlords who complete the consultation/survey are able to enter into a draw for some John Lewis vouchers worth £200.

You can enter the consultation here.

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    I bought my property as my pension. I am not a charity I am a business. Whilst I totally agree there should be rules/ laws to protect tenants from rogue landlords, I can think of no other business that is so heavily regulated. I have a right to chose who I let my property to. I have a right to say no children, no pets,no smokers, it is after all my property , and when the tenants sign up they agree to the conditions.If the government want to dictate the terms and conditions then they should be supplying the properties. Talk about having your cake and eat it. We are doing the governments job supplying properties to rent but they want to run the show. They have us where they want us and it will only get worse.I can understand why people are selling.

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    I agree with all that you have said Sue, there is room for all. After all there are hotels that don't allow pets and children.
    I am now going to set time aside to read this paperwork through the NRLA, i wont be shy about giving my opinion but will restrain myself on the language i use.
    Do I feel it will make a difference...not really....but i live in hope

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    Wow, just finished that dross that is dressed up as a white paper.
    I have NO doubt in my mind as it stands now when a tenant gives me notice I will sell that property.
    This is a new form of communism and the state way over stepping the mark!


    I agree. Did it yesterday and to read it you would think this country was run by Kim Jong Un.

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    I think the WHITE PAPER is in direct conflict with Licensing Act 2004 (2.4) which says Landlord must confirm that he has the Power to Grant and Terminate Tenancies.

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    Licensing Scheme’s requires Landlords to confirm that he has the power to Access to all parts of the Premises, now withstanding they have gone out of their way to exclude Landlords from the Property.
    Landlord must also confirm that he has the Power to Authorise any Necessary Expenditure, where is his croc of gold they forgot that bit, oh I nearly forgot they have taken it, so forget he most likely has a loan rapped around his head, rent arrears or forced to subside Tenants during Corona virus just add Section 24 to make sure to destroy him. So many people are required to lie or no License granted or can’t operate.

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    Another neat little trick the 2004 housing Act requiring a license for 3 or more unrelated people fair enough but also said more than 2 couples / which is 2 households, however what it now says is 2 or more households that’s completely different altogether.
    (more than 2 households)
    (2 or more households)
    neat tricks and we are not even told and can end up with a large fine for not having the license you thought you didn’t need.


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