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The bill passed the House of Commons in April 2024 and is now in the House of Lords, where it faces five more stages before potentially receiving Royal Assent to become law.

The headline provision of the bill is the proposed abolition of Section 21 "no-fault" evictions. However, it contains many other reforms that would impact tenants, landlords and letting agents.

These include:

While the government is pushing to get the bill passed quickly, it still faces some hurdles. A group of around 50 Tory MPs have threatened to vote against it unless certain concessions are made, such as delaying the Section 21 ban until the courts system is improved. There are also claims of a potential loophole that could allow some Section 21 evictions to continue even after the ban takes effect.

If enacted, the Renters (Reform) Bill has the potential to significantly rebalance power between tenants and landlords. Renters would enjoy more stability and flexibility to make their rental property a long-term home. They would have expanded protections against unfair evictions and poor living conditions. However, some landlords worry the changes could make it harder to remove problem tenants. The effectiveness of the reforms will depend on the details of implementation and ensuring the court system can handle a likely increase in possession cases.

In light of these upcoming changes, it is more important than ever for landlords and letting agents to thoroughly vet prospective tenants. LetHQ's professional tenant referencing services can help you select reliable, low-risk renters. Our comprehensive reference checks verify the identity, credit, and rental history of applicants. Choosing the right tenant from the start can prevent many potential issues down the road.

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