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Reforms for renters

A general election has been called for 4 July and parliament has been dissolved. MPs did not prioritise passing the Renters Reform Bill before the close of parliament, which means it's now up to the next government to deliver the reforms that renters so desperately need.

How can I make sure renters are prioritised in the general election?

The election is a vital moment to get a commitment from each political party that, if elected, they’ll make renting safer, secure, and more affordable, and end the housing emergency.
Right now, we don't have that commitment from either Labour or the Conservatives, yet renters have been crying out for change for years.

Parliamentary candidates have been announced and we want to keep ramping up the pressure, so we've created an easy tool for you to look up and then contact your candidates.

Email your candidates

Find out more about how we're making sure housing is the top priority at the general election.

Why we need reforms that put renters first

Our current system for private renting is not working. We need to rebalance the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. Only then will private renters no longer have to endure:

  • record levels of evictions

  • rising rent rates

  • discrimination because of having a family or a low income

  • living in some of the oldest housing stock with the lowest standards

  • negative effects on their physical and mental health, as well as on relationships, education and financial security

The Renters Reform Bill was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix these problems and give renters the security and rights they deserve.

The previous government promised to rebuild our broken renting system

However, attempts to water the bill down and delay it mean that renters are still waiting for change as we head for a general election.

Until real change for renters comes, they will face the same unstable, unsuitable and expensive conditions with little power to challenge irresponsible landlords. But renters will not give up. We’ve been campaigning for change for years, and we’re more determined than ever to get it.

The next government must prioritise renters and fix renting for good.

What does the next government now need to do?

The next government must fix renting properly. They must end all unfair evictions once and for all, and make renting safe, secure and more affordable.

This means:

  • tackle rising rents by limiting rent increases in tenancies so renters can’t be forced out by huge rent hikes, and making sure housing benefit keeps pace with the cost of renting

  • deliver real security by scrapping S21 evictions urgently and ensuring the new system is fair, stable, and free from loopholes

  • crackdown on landlords who fail to meet standards by funding local authorities so that they have the staff, resources and powers to uphold tenants’ rights through proactive enforcement

  • end discrimination in renting by outlawing direct discrimination against marginalised renters and tackling invisible barriers like extortionate rent in advance or exclusionary guarantor requests

  • support renters to challenge bad practices by increasing the availability of free legal advice and support through legal aid

A short history of the Renters Reform Bill

Parliament has shut up shop ahead of the general election. The bill failed to pass through all the necessary stages and be made law. So, it will be up to the next government to introduce new reforms to private renting.

2024

May

  • A general election was announced and Parliament entered a 'wash-up period', but the Renters Reform Bill didn’t make the cut
    Several other bills were selected to be rushed through on the final day before the closing of parliament in a process known as 'wash up'. At this point, the Renters Reform Bill was dropped, meaning it was not passed into law.

  • Peers debated the bill at its second reading
    Members of the House of Lords debated the main principles of the bill. More debates were planned in the House of Lords before the election was called.

April

  • We withdraw support for the bill as it enters its final stages in the House of Commons
    The Renters Reform Coalition, which we are a member of, publicly declared that this bill would be a failure if passed in its current form. The bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons in an unacceptable state and was sent to the House of Lords.

2023

November

  • The bill was scrutinised in more depth at the 'committee stage'
    A smaller group of MPs were selected to form the bill committee. They spent two weeks doing a line-by-line examination of the bill’s clauses. Minister Jacob Young takes over responsibility for the Renters Reform Bill following the prime minister’s November reshuffle.

October

  • MPs debated the bill at 'second reading'
    In this stage, MPs from across all political parties gathered to debate the main principles of the bill.

May

  • The government introduced the Renters Reform Bill to parliament
    After a long wait, the Renters Reform Bill's passage through parliament finally began in the House of Commons. This stage is called the first reading.

2022

June

  • The government published 'A Fairer Private Rented Sector' White Paper
    In this, it set out the details of its plans for the Renters Reform Bill and promised to bring it forward.

2019

December

  • The Conservative government are elected, promising a “better deal for renters”
    The party’s manifesto committed to abolishing ‘no fault’ evictions and promised wider reforms to the rental system.

Frequently asked questions

How will scrapping section 21 reform renting?

Scrapping section 21 'no fault' evictions will relieve renters from the constant fear of eviction so they can freely exercise their renting rights. Right now, they're putting up with anything from negligence to dangerous living conditions, afraid to complain to their landlord in case they are evicted.
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Why is a landlord register important?

A landlord register will mean that people can enter into a tenancy agreement knowing who they will be paying rent to and who they're trusting to follow the law. They will also know if their landlord's properties meet all the legal requirements they need to.
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What will the Renters Reform Bill mean for landlords?

The bill will rebalance the rights and responsibilities of renters and landlords. In doing so, it will drive up standards and everyone will know what's expected of them. As part of the bill, landlords will still be able to regain possession of their home, they'll just have to provide a legitimate reason for doing so.