Three key rule changes tenants need to know

THREE major rule changes were announced today that tenants need to know about – and it doesn’t include no-fault evictions anymore.

The changes were revealed in the government’s Upgrade White Paper and include new regulations affecting Britons living in privately rented accommodation.

Here's what we know about the three major rental rule changes so far


Here’s what we know about the three major rental rule changes so farCredit: Alamy

A white paper is a policy document that lays out what the Government intends to include in the law and opens up the plan for oversight by other MPs.

It doesn’t necessarily mean it will be made into law this year as there are several stages of debate it will have to go through first.

But it means we’re one step closer to rolling out more rights to lessors.

From cracking down on rogue landlords to ensuring families are living in better quality homes, the regulatory changes aim to better protect millions of renters.

It comes because of the average monthly rent for families with went up to £1,060, up from £972 a year ago.

Experts predict that this will only increase next year.

But this change could give households more rights to rent.

More details on the expected White Paper rule changes to be announced are imminent.

Here’s what we know so far:

No eviction errors are eliminated

Families will be given more protections to stay in their homes after a rule allowing landlords to evict their tenants – even if they did nothing wrong – was repealed.

The Section 21 “no-fault eviction” rule means that your landlord doesn’t need a reason to evict you from their home.

But that law has now been repealed, “putting an end to the injustice where tenants can be evicted for no reason”, it was announced today.

It will give tenants more confidence that their home is theirs in the long run and should allow them to complain if something goes wrong without fear of being evicted from their home.

The government consulted on the controversial rule removal as early as 2019.

We’re waiting for more details on when exactly the rule will be dropped following today’s announcements.

Shake hands with fake host

Two announcements have been made today that will help crack down on bad landlords.

It was announced that the government would consult with the introduction of a register of landlords – which could help track down rogue landlords.

Currently, councils have different processes for keeping track of who rents what and where in the local area.

Some authorities may not even put in place plans, while others may be less successful than others in making sure landlords register before they rent with the council.

It means that some councils may be better than others at helping you resolve disputes with your landlord if you go to them for help.

Having a national database in place can make it easier for councils to access and track down bad landlords.

Second, the government said fines and bans could be introduced to “prevent repeat offenders from putting tenants in bad shape”.

It has yet to be revealed exactly what these fines and penalties will be, but more details are expected soon.

However, Shelter Campaign Manager Osama Bhutta said time will tell whether the policies succeed.

“The devil will be the details, so the government now needs to lay out how it will deliver on its promises.”

Thousands of home upgrades

Today’s White Paper asserts once again that 800,000 tenants can force landlords to renovate and upgrade their homes.

It was announced earlier this week that privately rented homes will now be subject to the Luxury Home Standard.

This means that homes must be in reasonable repair, have modern amenities and services, and have a reasonable level of insulation and heating in place.

It used to apply only to social housing, but now private Rent house must meet these standards for the first time.

There are 4.4 million homes in the private sector for rent – but thousands of tenants are living in dire conditions.

According to the latest UK Housing Survey, around 21% of homes do not meet the minimum standard of housing conditions.

The government says the new regulations mean the number of unkind homes must be halved by 2030.

It’s not clear what penalties will be imposed if landlords fail to improve their property – or if tenants can be compensated as a result.

We have requested more information and will update this article as soon as we know more.

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