Our response to the Renters’ Reform White Paper

22 June 2022

Earlier this month, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) published a white paper on Renters’ Reform, A Fairer Private Rented Sector. The white paper gives proposals aimed at “redressing the balance” between landlords and private renters in England. DLUHC has also published its response to the 2019 consultation on abolishing Section 21, which gives further details on the new tenancy system which sit within the white paper and are detailed below.

Following this, we expect this to be introduced within this parliamentary session, which means government will bring forward legislation in the form of the Renters Reform Bill by spring 2023.

Most of the paper and the consultation response focuses on private landlords but there are areas that affect social landlords. Below, we have summarised these changes.

Changes for housing associations in the white paper and consultation response are:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancies will no longer exist.
  • Landlords will only be able to end tenancies on specific grounds.
  • There will be a mandatory ground for possession in supported housing.
  • There will be a mandatory ground for possession relating to leases.
  • There will be a mandatory ground for possession in temporary accommodation.
  • There will be a mandatory ground to allow social landlords to evict tenants who no longer meet the criteria for key worker accommodation.
  • Fixed term tenancies will no longer exist.

These changes will have a particular impact on some supported housing providers and we have summarised these changes in this dedicated update. Of note more generally, is that private sector landlords will be bound by quality standards and tenants will be able to seek redress if the property they live in is not of a suitable standard. This echoes the social sector.

The NHF has been engaging with DLUHC since the original consultation on renters’ reform in 2019. We are pleased that many of the provisions in the white paper show that DLUHC has taken on board the sector’s concerns. We support the government’s aim of protecting the rights of tenants and will continue to work with the government on the further detail of the reforms. We will provide support to members as the reforms come into effect.

 

Who to speak to

Suzannah Young, Policy Officer