Landlord's guide to the new renter's reform bill - BIG Warranties

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June 8, 2023
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What does the renters reform bill mean for landlords?

At BIG Warranties, we aim to provide you with the latest and most pertinent legal updates to ensure you stay informed and well-equipped to navigate changes in your responsibilities. We appreciate that navigating new legislation can be challenging. With this in mind, we present a comprehensive breakdown of the new Renters' Reform Bill and its implications for landlords.

The Renters' Reform Bill primarily focuses on improving the living and renting environment for tenants and landlords alike. The significant changes introduced include:

The abolition of Section 21 'no fault' evictions: This constitutes a significant shift in the landscape of tenant security. Prior legislation allowed landlords to terminate tenancies without providing a specific reason, resulting in a measure of instability for tenants. With the abolition of Section 21, tenants gain a significant increase in security, reducing the possibility of sudden eviction. However, rest assured, as a landlord, the bill provides detailed grounds under which you can reclaim possession of your property. This is an essential balance that protects your rights while also providing your tenants with a more stable living environment.

More robust protection against 'backdoor' evictions: The new bill grants tenants the right to challenge rent increases that are perceived as unreasonably high, particularly in cases where these are assumed to be intended to force tenants out of the property. Nonetheless, the bill recognises landlords' rights to adjust rents to remain in alignment with the current market price. The involvement of an independent tribunal is provided for in cases where a resolution cannot be reached mutually.

Establishment of a Private Rented Sector Ombudsman: This new entity serves as an impartial body tasked with the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants. It presents a less adversarial and more cost-effective alternative to traditional court proceedings, benefiting both parties involved.

Introduction of a Privately Rented Property Portal: This new digital tool aims to facilitate landlords in understanding their legal obligations and demonstrating compliance with current legislation. It will also serve as an information resource for tenants when entering into a tenancy agreement.

Regulation of pet-related policies: Under the new bill, tenants are granted the right to request permission for a pet in the property. Landlords, while obligated to consider this request, are not expected to grant it unreasonably. As a safeguard, landlords may stipulate the need for pet insurance to cover potential property damage.

In conjunction with the Renters' Reform Bill, there are additional initiatives to modernise the court system, ensuring its efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, the introduction of a Decent Homes Standard for privately rented homes is underway. These collective efforts aim to make renting a secure and equitable experience for all parties involved.

In light of these changes, securing your investments with robust insurance coverage becomes even more crucial. Our Landlord Home Emergency and Appliance Cover at BIG Warranties can offer the protection you need against unexpected costs. From boiler breakdowns to appliance malfunctions, we ensure your financial safety and your tenants' comfort are consistently upheld.

We will continue to provide updates as these reforms come into effect. BIG Warranties is committed to supporting you through these changes. By understanding and embracing these new measures, we can collectively foster a balanced and equitable renting environment. As a landlord, it is critical to stay abreast of these changes and understand the obligations they impose. BIG Warranties remains committed to ensuring our home emergency and appliance insurance services continue to adapt and provide you with comprehensive protection against unforeseen circumstances.

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