The Renters (Reform) Bill was introduced to parliament on May 17th 2023 in a bid by the
government to address problems in the private rental housing market, a move it describes as a
‘once-in-a-generation overhaul of housing laws.’ The bill aims to help 11 million tenants
benefit from ‘safer, fairer and higher quality homes’ and improve the system for both the 11
million private renters and 2.3 million landlords in England.
The Bill will abolish section 21 no fault evictions and move to a simpler tenancy structure
where all assured tenancies are periodic, which do not have an end date. This will provide more
security for tenants while retaining the important flexibility that private rented accommodation
offers. This will support tenants to put down roots in their community and empower them to
challenge poor practice and unfair rent increases without fear of eviction.
Further key points include:
Rent periods will be limited to 28 days or 1 month.
Rent increases will be restricted to once a year, with tenants having the ability to challenge a
rent increase through the First Tier Tribunal if they believe it is above market rate.
Tenants will be able to serve 2 months’ notice to end their tenancy.
Changes to landlord grounds for possession where landlords will be able to end a tenancy in
specific circumstances defined in law, strengthening their other rights of possession.
The end of blanket bans on tenant demographics.
The Renters Reform Bill will also ensure landlords do not unreasonably withhold consent when
a tenant requests to have a pet in their home, with the tenant able to challenge unfair decisions
The introduction of The Decent Homes Standard. This is a standard for social housing in the
UK that aims to ensure that homes are warm, weatherproof and have reasonably modern
facilities. A decent home must be in reasonable repair, meet current legal housing standards,
and have reasonably modern facilities and services. The standard incorporates four main
criteria: the statutory minimum fitness standard for housing repair, modern facilities and
services, thermal comfort, and freedom from damp and condensation.
The proposed reforms commit to “bring in a better deal for renters” and marks "the biggest
shake-up of the private rented sector in 30 years”. The Renters’ Reform Bill has the potential
to transform renting for good