16 Jun 2022
Today the government have published The Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper marking some of the largest changes to the private rented sector in 30 years.
The White Paper seeks to redress the balance between landlords and tenants with measures including:
In response to the announcement, Rachael Williamson, head of policy and external affairs for CIH said:
“All renters should be able to live in decent, well maintained, and affordable homes. We welcome the government’s commitment to support this, through a Renters Reform Bill and the measures set out in this White Paper.
The focus on levelling the playing field between the landlord's right to a return on their investment while increasing support and security for the 4.4 million private rented tenants is really positive. We particularly welcome the abolition of ‘no fault’ evictions and measures to tackle arbitrary and unfair rent increases. We look forward to seeing the detail, but this is a very welcome development in the context of the cost-of-living crisis.
We’re also pleased to see the establishment of an Ombudsman for private renters and a portal to support private landlords to understand and fulfil their obligations, and to enable tenants to better hold their landlords to account.
Giving councils stronger powers to tackle the worst offenders, backed by enforcement pilots, and increasing fines for serious offences is positive. However, we also need to see support for capacity building at the local authority level.
We will examine the proposals set out in the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper and provide a further briefing for our members shortly.”
CIH members we will produce a member briefing on the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper next week.