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Watch Live!  Renters Reform Bill begins committee scrutiny

MPs today begin the so-called Committee Stage of the Renters Reform Bill’s passage through the House of Commons.

Organisations and individuals with an interest in the Bill have been invited to provide evidence and propose amendments to a cross party group of MPs.

The committee is reported to be going ahead even though Tory MP Rachel Maclean, who until yesterday was Housing Minister, has now been sacked in Rishi Sunak's reshuffle. Maclean was to have introduced the Bill to the committee on behalf of the government. 


Today the National Residential Landlords Association and the Lettings Industry Council will give oral evidence;  all those giving oral evidence have been invited to submit written evidence too.

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle - who gives his evidence this morning - says: “We have heard some positive sounds coming from Government on student lets and court reform, however until any amendments are put forward we will continue to campaign for change.

“We are also calling for movement on notice periods, to ensure that what’s included in the Bill is fair to responsible landlords as well as tenants – something that is vital if the Bill is to succeed.

“I am looking forward to sharing landlords’ views and experiences with the committee … and recommending simple, workable changes that have the potential to make a positive difference on the ground.”

The all-party committee consists of:

- Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative);

- Mike Amesbury MP (Labour);

- Shaun Bailey MP (Conservative);

- Sara Britcliffe MP (Conservative);

- Karen Buck MP (Labour);

- Anna Firth MP (Conservative);

- Mary Glindon MP (Labour);

- Eddie Hughes MP (Conservative);

- Siobhain McDonagh MP (Labour);

- Rachel Maclean MP (Conservative, ex-Housing Minister - listed to appear but has now been sacked from post);

- Gagan Mohindra MP (Conservative);

- Helen Morgan MP (Liberal Democrat);

- Matthew Pennycook MP (Labour, Shadow Housing Minister);

- Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Labour);

- Dean Russell MP (Conservative);

- Ben Spencer MP (Conservative); and

- Craig Tracey MP (Conservative).

The evidence session will be broadcast on Parliament TV from 9.25am until 5pm, with a break for lunch. You can watch live here.

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    See Eddie Hughes still on there - no chance whatsoever he will be impartial or listen to any logical arguments re unintended consequences

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    He had a big hand in the RRB. He won’t want to dilute it at all.

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    Sounds a riveting watch!


    Indeed. I have a tenant that's away for a week and his bedroom needs repainting. I think I'll do that and have a coffee watching it dry. Far more interesting ..

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    Court reform won't happen until all woke left wing judges are sacked and replaced by real world people with business experience

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    It's started, but is currently in private.


    Mmmm. Are they all getting their stories straight? Like the Three Musketeers. One for all, and all for one. Agreeing we are all pro-tenant, and all anti-landlord. Let's push push push this nonsense through.


    I am listening to it and can't see any real consideration of reality.

    The more they push for tenants to have all the rights and landlords to have none, the more difficult it will be for any tenant to find anywhere to live - and the greater the amount of homelessness. That is obvious.


    Any reason given for it being in private when you first tuned in Ellie?


    Henry, I believe they were just discussing how the questions would be asked etc.

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    Supporters of the bill would like to say that the increase in Section 21 notices are due to tax - Section 24 and rising interest rates - and not the Renters Reform legislation. That is their narrative.


    Also, according to Shelter, due to tenants asking for repairs due to sub-standard accommodation, and landlords wanting to put up rents.

    No mention of the role played by the Renters Reform legislation.

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    Arguments being made for retention of some fixed term tenancies.

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    Who is the bearded bald guy who thinks there are no court delays and S21 should be abolished without delay?


    Don't know his name.


    Found him!
    He is the Labour mayor of Salford. How does he know so much (LOL) about the court delays when he is supposed to be looking after Salford?

    I saw how chummy he was with the Obudsman as they left. Thick as thieves is the saying


    I think he lives in a council house - a social housing cooperative.

  • David Saunders

    Akin to a Kangaroo court with landlords about to be found guilty as charged.


    It made me want to sell.


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