Renters need rights
We’ve been evicted for no reason, put up with mouldy homes, and had nowhere to turn when things go wrong. We need a Renters’ Reform Bill that can deliver lasting change for renters.
Bad renting is a big problem.
In England, over 11 million people live in a private rented sector that drastically needs reform. Over a third of people who contact our helpline are private renters seeking help and without support, they could lose their homes. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has only made this worse, and many renters are now at breaking point.
We must continue to fight bad housing and demand that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick scraps unfair evictions and creates a landlord database – so the anxiety that comes with the uncertainty of renting finally ends. But the bill will only happen if we all act now. Together we can pressure the government and make sure it stays a priority.
Success so far
August 2019: 5,800 Shelter supporters take part in government consultation to scrap Section 21
December 2019: Government announce the Renters’ Reform Bill as part of their first Queen’s Speech
March 2020: Government ban evictions after campaigners call for a total ban during the COVID-19 pandemic
November 2020: Over 100,000 Shelter supporters sign a petition asking for the government to ensure everyone has a safe home during the pandemic
March 2021: Protections for renters are extended until May 2021
May 2021: Government use Queen’s Speech to recommit to delivering the Renters’ Reform Bill
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The future of private renting
To outline the problems we all face and more importantly, the solutions, we teamed up with Nationwide Building Society to create a shared vision for private renting. We also worked with think tank Onward and Conservative MPs to explore what reforms are needed to improve the private rented sector for both renters and landlords.Read the full report
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