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Renters Reform Bill - still no news on progress through Commons

The unexpected slow progress of the Renters Reform Bill through the House of Commons continues.

Although the official online documentation about the Bill has now moved from ‘First Reading’ to ‘Second Reading’ there is still no date for this Second Reading - despite the first happening within hours of the Bill being published back in May.

The whole process requires various stages to be reached in the Commons and then the Lords. These are the First Reading, Second Reading, Committee Stage, Third Reading, and finally Royal Assent. Some stages can be very quick - happening within a day - while others take weeks or months, taking into account lengthy Parliamentary recesses and a packed timetable of other legislation.


It is considered unusual for a Bill to take this long to move from a First to Second Reading.   

On June 23 the Leader of the House of Commons - Penny Mordaunt, whose role is effectively to organise the progress of legislation - told one MP who enquired: “I know that that Bill is of great interest to many Members, in all parts of this House. The honourable gentleman will know that I will say that I will announce business in the usual way, but I am optimistic that he will not have long to wait.”

The National Residential Landlords Association says it could take up to 18 months for many elements of the Renters Reform Bill to become law.

It forecasts that Royal Assent - the point at which the Bill becomes an Act - will be at the earliest late this year or early 2024, and the government has confirmed that it will provide at least six months’ notice of the first implementation date, after which all new tenancies will be periodic and governed by the new rules. 

Existing tenancies will be given a further twelve months’ notice from the first implementation date to convert to the new system.

So, even once Royal Assent is granted, it is likely to be at least 18 months before ongoing tenancies are required to move onto the new regime. That would take the timescale roughly up to the time of the next General Election, widely expected to be late 2024.

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    I’m sure it’s just a divisive as Brexit. There’s a lot of infighting between the loony left and the right. That’s just in the Tory party 😧. That’s before the real left get hold of it in two years time 🌹🏴‍☠️💀

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    Is this Clown of a Housing Secretary for real with his Renter’s De-Formed Bill.
    How much Homeless. Sell off and misery has he caused to Tenants & Landlords alike.
    He spoke about the importance of relationship between landlords & Tenants that he has gone out of his way to destroy for both.
    It is important when the relationship breaks down the law is there to support the victim, so clearly there is no support for the victim when it the landlords, the ones that have hundreds of thousands of their own money invested to House people.
    So he was chatting to NRLA who stitched us up to feather their own nest. 100’000 members only after 40 / 50
    years and amalgamation while more than 2’500’000 landlords out there not represented and ignored what a disgrace no hope of anyone having any confidence in them, have a nice chat between yourselves you don’t speak for us we are just mere landlords who carry the can.
    Sorry about the rant seriously spitting bullets.
    Incidentally there’s a landlord Show on today go along have your say it free thousands will be there about every aspect of housing at, Old Billingsgate Market. London Bridge.

    Peter Why Do I Bother

    I think I would be arrested if I went to that show.... NRLA plugging 3rd party JV's

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    The progress is irrelevant, we know it’s coming and each one of us has to make the decision which best fits our lives. Mine is to sell, others will stay… there is no right or wrong answer.

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    have 20 properties that I rent out, and have been in this game for over 40 years.
    My tenants are all very happy, and are looked after, and my rents are the cheapest in the area.
    In that time I have not used a Section 21 Notice, even once, but Its nice to have it there, and the new EPC rating is going to be a real problem.
    Thank you Government, I am now selling up, I have had enough, and please find homes for my 20 tenants, who at the moment are quite happy.

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    Starting to realise this is going to backfire on them when the real housing shortage hits? Dragging it out so the consequences are not too apparent at election time. Stories in the press are now just starting to turn from bad bad naughty landlords to where are all the landlords going.


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