The rent reforms were first unveiled in June 2023 after then-prime minister Theresa May first said the Tories would remove section 21 evictions in April 2019. The legislation promises to improve renters’ rights by improving the conditions of private rental homes, giving tenants more power to keep pets and to contest unfair rent increases.
Housing Secretary Michael Gove confirmed to Sky News on Wednesday that the bill would be published next week.
Gove said the legislation would “change the way in which the relationship between landlords and tenants work, providing tenants with new protections which should ensure they are better protected against arbitrary rent increases”.
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Although the legislation is set to be unveiled next week, renters will still need to wait for it to pass through Parliament before it comes into force.
The biggest change the bill will bring is removing no-fault evictions, also known as Section 21 evictions, which allow landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason.