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The much anticipated Renters Reform Bill has finally been published and we have looked closely at the potential impacts this will have on landlords.


In this blog post, we will delve into the key aspects of the Renters Reform Bill UK that you need to know about.

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1. Abolishing 'No-Fault' Evictions

One of the most significant provisions of the Renters Reform Bill is the abolishment of ‘no-fault’ evictions, also known as Section 21 notices. As a landlord, this change may impact your ability to swiftly regain possession of your property. Under the new legislation, you would be required to provide a valid reason for eviction, potentially leading to longer and more complex eviction processes.

2. Introduction of Open-Ended Tenancies

Another big move is the end of fixed-term tenancies with the desire to change to periodic rolling tenancies. In the new scenario, tenants will be able to stay in a property until they give two months’ notice or until the landlord provides valid grounds for possession. They could effectively give their notice on the day they move in!

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3. Rent Control Measures

The Renters Reform Bill also proposes rent control measures, which could limit your ability to increase rental prices as desired. While the specific details are yet to be finalised, these measures aim to prevent excessive rent hikes, potentially impacting your rental income and return on investment. If the tenant doesn’t believe the rent increase in line with the current market rent, they will be able to challenge it.

4. Improving Housing Standards

The Renters Reform Bill places emphasis on improving housing standards and conditions. The proposed legislation intends to introduce mandatory electrical safety checks, minimum energy efficiency standards, and stricter regulations to ensure that rented accommodations are safe, habitable, and meet basic quality standards.

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5. Greater Enforcement and Redress

To strengthen enforcement mechanisms, the Renters Reform Bill aims to establish a new regulator responsible for overseeing the rental sector. This regulatory body will have the power to enforce landlord responsibilities, impose penalties for non-compliance, and provide tenants with effective channels for redress when issues arise.

6. Greater Anti-Social Behaviour Powers

One potential positive of The Renters Reform Bill is the greater powers and speed for of evictions relating to anti-social behaviour. The bill proposes a two-week notice period and aims to enable landlords to take swift action in cases where tenants engage in disruptive or harmful behaviour.

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7.  Changes in Pet Policies

Under the new rules, tenants will have the legal right to keep a pet in their home and landlords cannot ‘unreasonably’ refuse this request. Despite this though, landlords will be able to insist on the tenant getting pet insurance to cover any damage the pet may cause.

8. Introduction of an Ombudsman

The bill proposes the establishment of a new ombudsman service for the rental sector. This ombudsman would serve as an independent body responsible for resolving disputes and complaints between landlords and tenants. The ombudsman’s primary role would be to provide a fair and impartial mechanism for resolving disputes, offering a quicker and more accessible alternative to court proceedings. Landlords and tenants would be able to seek redress for issues related to tenancy agreements, rental payments, property maintenance, and other rental-related matters.

9. Open-to-all Policy

The Renters Reform Bill UK includes provisions that make it illegal for landlords and agents to have blanket bans on renting to specific tenant types. This means that it will be prohibited to discriminate against tenants based on factors such as receiving benefits or having children. Landlords and agents must treat all prospective tenants fairly and evaluate their applications based on their ability to meet the necessary rental criteria.


The Renters Reform Bill UK represents a significant change to the rental sector and how it operates. While there may be further debates and refinements during the legislative process, the Renters Reform Bill UK looks set to be one of the biggest shakes up of the private rental sector in years.

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