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Navigating the Rental Revolution: A Deep Dive into the Renters' Reform Bill

The Renters’ Reform Bill is a hot topic in the UK, aiming to bring a wave of change to the rental market. We’ve rounded up all you need to know about this exciting development and will keep you updated as the details unfold.

1. The Big Picture

The government says these reforms will benefit a whopping 11 million tenants, promising “safer, fairer, and higher quality homes” through a significant overhaul of housing laws. But don’t worry, over two million landlords won’t be left out; these changes aim to make it easier for them to regain possession of their properties when they need to.

2. Abolishing Section 21 – The Catch

Section 21 is not going away just yet. The government will delay its abolishment until the court system for handling possession cases by landlords improves. Unfortunately, they didn’t tell us how long this delay will be. But here’s a win for student landlords: there will be a new ground to repossess properties annually, making it easier to manage the student housing market.

3. Say Goodbye to Fixed-Term Tenancies

The proposed Renters’ Reform Bill will bid adieu to fixed-term tenancies, replacing them with periodic tenancies throughout the private rental sector. The idea here is to give tenants more flexibility, ensuring they’re not locked into long-term contracts.

4. Pets Welcome (Mostly)

The bill suggests landlords should consider all requests for pets on a case-by-case basis. Landlords must provide a written response within 42 days, although some exceptions apply. Factors like the size of the pet, allergies, shared spaces, and outdoor access will be considered.

5. Rent Increases Simplified

Under the new system, all rent increases will follow a streamlined mechanism similar to the existing Section 13 process. Landlords must serve a simple form to tenants with two months’ notice. If tenants think the increase is too high, they can dispute it through the First-tier Tribunal, provided they act before the new rent’s start date.

6. No More Blanket Bans

The Renters Reform Bill will make it illegal for landlords and agents to have blanket bans on renting to tenants on benefits or with children. The government aims to eliminate discrimination when families are looking for a place to live.

7. A Digital Property Portal

Landlords are getting a new digital Property Portal to understand their obligations and help tenants make better decisions. Each landlord and dwelling will need a unique entry, and active entries are necessary before a property can be marketed for rent.

8. The New Ombudsman

All landlords will be legally required to join the new Ombudsman scheme. While the government is still figuring out the details, it’s an essential step to ensure better protection for renters.

9. Decent Homes Standard in the PRS

For the first time, the Decent Homes Standard will extend to the private rental sector. This standard, which ensures housing is free from health and safety hazards, promises renters higher quality homes.

10. Council Enforcement Powers

The Renters’ Reform Bill strengthens council enforcement powers, requiring councils to report on enforcement activities to tackle rogue landlords.


The Renters’ Reform Bill is poised to transform the rental market in the UK. These changes aim to provide better protections for tenants, improve property standards, and enhance the overall renting experience. Keep an eye on these developments, as they could have a significant impact on both landlords and tenants in the UK. We’ll keep you updated as more details emerge.

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