It’s no secret that the quality of housing in the private rental sector is vast, with too many properties being inadequate for living. Everyone deserves a home that’s warm, safe, and comfortable.
Most importantly, a home should feel like a home. The reality is that many people who privately rent are living in unsafe, damp, and cold homes, whilst they worry about being evicted at any given time.
The government have released the White Paper ‘A Fairer Private Rented Sector’ that promises to improve the quality of housing for tenants, and help landlords better protect their property. The Secretary State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities have said that they aim to halve the number of poor-quality housing by 2030.
NO-FAULT EVICTIONS WILL BECOME OUTLAWED
Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction allowed landlords to evict their tenants without any given reason, making life harder for families and leading to stress due to lack of security. According to Citizens Advice, when tenants complained to their local council, they were more likely to be evicted using Section 21, than those who didn’t speak up.
Thankfully, Section 21 has now been outlawed and landlords can only end a tenancy if the tenant ends it, or the landlord has valid proof and reasoning to evict. This will allow tenants to settle down and feel like their house is finally their home.
If tenants are causing disruptions through antisocial behaviour or continue to not pay the rent, landlords may have the ability to evict the tenants and allow them to gain possession of their property when necessary.
END OF BLANKET BANS ON PETS IN A RENTED PROPERTY
Domestic pets help make a house feel more like a home but finding a rental property that will allow our furry friends can be challenging. In 2020, only 7% of private landlords advertised their property as pet friendly. This led to many families being forced to rehome their beloved pets.
The great news is that landlords and agents can no longer have a blanket ban on, without a good reason. If they deny a request for a pet, the tenant can challenge their decision.
As well as this, landlords and agents can no longer have a blanket ban on renting for families who receive benefits.
AMENDMENT TO TENANT FEES ACT 2019
Although landlords can no longer enforce a blanket ban on pets, they will now have more protection if damage is caused. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 has been amended to include pet insurance as a permitted payment, which will allow landlords to require pet insurance to cover any damages caused.
RENT CAN ONLY BE INCREASED ONCE PER YEAR
In combination with excessive rent prices, there is more pressure than ever on the cost of living, putting tenants at risk of being unable to afford their homes. Almost 11,000 privately rented households have left their homes due to rent increases. Not only will this cause stress to tenants, but landlords will also have to spend money to find new tenants.
Now, tenants should be given ample time to consider their options if a landlord needs to adjust the rent. Rent increases can only happen once a year (replicating existing mechanisms) and will require a two-month notice.
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