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How much longer for Renters Reform details? Industry figure demands action

A PropTech entrepreneur has renewed his criticism of the government for failing to put flesh on the bones of the Renters Reform Bill.

It’s now been well over three months since the government introduced the legislation into the Commons, and that followed some fthree and a half years of gestation after it was first proposed in the December 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto. 

Now Neil Cobbold, managing director of automated payment and client accounting service PayProp UK, says: “We have gone through numerous Housing Ministers and Secretaries of State and a white paper, but we still need clarity on how some of these proposed measures are actually going to work.


“The lack of detail is putting additional pressure on rental housing supply while landlords struggle with costs and some with higher mortgage rates. Landlords may need reassurance to continue to see the PRS as a viable investment. The vast majority of them already provide decent homes for millions of people. Many landlords could already be considering their position in the sector as they are now being taxed on revenue instead of profit at a time when costs are rising.

“In addition, many are worried that the proposed abolition of Section 21 will take place before the courts are ready to absorb the inevitable increase in Section 8 evictions. The industry also needs reassurance that the proposed court reforms to speed up Section 8 evictions will be sufficient to provide a reliable and timely court service.

“There is a chronic shortage of housing in the UK, but in order to create a thriving PRS, we need to encourage the remaining landlords to stay in the sector. This needs to be coupled with a boost in housebuilding for sale as well as rent, and a legislative framework that supports this.

“Broadly, the industry welcomes the new Ombudsman and proposed Property Portal. But here again, we will need to see how both of these services will work. Crucially, will there be enough resources to enforce the new levels of regulation?

“And how will periodic tenancies affect student lets? While it is encouraging to see the government working on this issue, there is already a lack of student accommodation in some towns and cities, and some students commute hours to get to lectures. The form of student tenancy will be key to avoiding further shortages, as landlords may decide to offer student properties to the professional market as HMOs without reassurances on these reforms.

“These are just a few examples. As it stands, the Bill does give a direction of travel but the question of how we get there remains largely unanswered in some cases. It has been estimated that the Renters (Reform) Bill could take as long as 18 months to pass through Parliament, but landlords and letting agents need time to absorb the details and adapt their businesses. The less time they have, the bigger the impact on tenants.”

The Bill, introduced to Parliament in May and still awaiting its Second Commons Reading, has been described as the most radical reform of the private rented sector in a generation.

Among other things, the Bill proposes to abolish Section 21 evictions; make it easier for tenants to keep pets in rented accommodation; introduce a new Ombudsman to handle tenant complaints; convert assured and assured shorthold tenancies into periodic tenancies, giving tenants the right to give two months’ notice; and create a new Property Portal and Landlords’ Register.

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    Why worry, rents are booming what landlord wants to evict a tenant for no reason?

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    In fairness, MPs have been on holiday most of the time since the bill was introduced!


    Their private jets ✈️ may be caught up in the current NATS debacle 🆘😜 let’s give them a break 😂😂

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    Broadly we do NOT welcome the measures. They will only cause problems, not solve them.

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    The longer the better for this load of rubbish. It will only make a bad situation even worse for tenants.

  • Peter Why Do I Bother

    They will see which way the wind is blowing at the start of next year and do one of two things.
    1. Encourage landlords to come back in and offer big giveaways.
    2. Can see the writing is on the wall and leave a complete sh1tshow for labour to pick up.


    I think the latter Peter, leave as bigger problem for labour as they can

  • George Dawes

    They're just following orders from their bosses in Davos

    Ferey Lavassani

    Spot on George.

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    ON ANOTHER SUBJECT - DPS have just sent me a link to yet another survey and it is clearly asking in that survey why Landlords are selling up - if you click on S21 as one of the reasons it asks a few questions on this. Bearing in mind the data being published from HMRC re Capital Gains tax returns proves Landlords selling up and their own Housing Survey of July 2023 proving that only 4% of tenants are asked to leave by LLs (probably in most part for rent arrears, damage or ASB) etc another piece of evidence like the DPS survey going public might make the Government look even more stupid

    Again they will not let me add the link but if you use the DPS they may send you the link or alternatively I guess you could contact them and ask if anyone wants to fill it in


    If you want to post a link on this site just miss out the beginning bit upto // then replace the first . by (dot) then you can write the rest as normal. eg:



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