Rented Homes Bill update

The Rented Homes Bill announced in the Queen’s speech before Christmas has not yet been presented to Parliament and there has been no response to the public consultation.

The Bill includes :

  • strengthening the rights of landlords who need to gain possession of their property through the courts, via a reformed section 8 and an improved court process
  • introducing a new lifetime deposit to ease the burden when tenants choose to move
  • abolition of the Section 21 possession procedure

The first reading took place on 22nd January 2020. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill’s journey through the Lords.

The government has not yet responded to the consultation, and so the precise nature of the changes is yet to be confirmed. No date for the second reading of the Bill has been set yet, and so it is not clear when these changes would come into effect. The government’s banning of tenant fees, for example, took from 1st November 2017 to June 1st 2019 to gain Royal Assent and become law.