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Welcome to The Independent Landlord Renters Reform Bill Hub, a handy place where you can find links to all my resources and content on the Bill.

This is the place where you can come to see at a glance what’s important, and dive into the detail if that’s what you’re after, as the Bill wends its way towards Royal Assent.

I update this page regularly.

Last updated: 12 April 2024

Index to guides for landlords on the Renters Reform Bill

tool kit for the renters reforms, resources for landlords and property investors
The Renters Reform Bill Hub is your toolbox to help you tackle the challenges of rental reforms

Here is a handy list of all the blog posts and articles I’ve written on the Renters Reform Bill. I’ll update this hub regularly, adding new resources, so please bookmark it to come back in the future.

General Guides to the Renters Reform Bill

Eviction Notices – Goodbye Section 21 and Hello to the new Section 8

  • What abolishing Section 21 means for landlords. Blog post on the likely implications of abolishing Section 21 for landlords and renters, and discussion of the delays due to linking abolition to court improvements. Updated 28 March 2024.
  • Evicting tenants with the new Section 8. A comprehensive guide explaining how landlords will be able to evict tenants using the new Section 8. Includes the new Ground 4A for Student HMOs. Updated 30 March 2024.
  • Making sense of the new Section 8 Grounds for Possession. Sets out clearly in tables what the post-Renter Reform Grounds for Possession will look like. Shows all surviving Grounds, and highlights which have changed. Includes reference to new ground for possession for student lets. Updated 20 October 2023.
  • How to Gain Possession under Section 8. With the abolition of Section 21, this is a reminder of how Section 8 works. Updated 17 September 2023.
  • Tenant Anti-Social Behaviour. This blog post discusses managing tenant anti-social behaviour, and the changes in the Renters Reform Bill. Published 28 June 2023.

Increasing Rent

Pets

  • Tenants’ New Implied Right to Keep a Pet. Explains what the RRB says about pets and how landlords can be pet friendly in a way that reduces risk. Updated 8 December 2023.
  • Model Pet Policy: Example of a pet policy which attempts to strike the right balance between the needs of renters to have a pet and the needs of the landlord not to have their rented properties damaged by pets. Published 20 August 2023.

HMOs

Other Renters Reform Guides

Other useful resources for the Renters Reform Bill

These are guides to the Renters Reform Bill that I’ve found useful:

Jacob Young’s letter to Conservative MPs of 27 March 2024: outlines the changes that will be introduced to the Bill at the Report Stage of the House of Commons.

The Renters (Reform) Bill: by Annette Cafferkey of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. This is an excellent detailed summary of the legalities in the Bill.

Renters (Reform) Bill Explanatory Notes: 106 page detailed guidance published by the House of Commons on 17 May 2023.

House of Commons Library Research Briefing: an excellent 64 page briefing published on 30 May 2023, with links to key resources.

Renters (Reform) Bill Impact Assessment: This is the official 108 page government assessment of the impact of the Renters Reform Bill.

Reforming the Private Rented Sector report by the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee: report published by the cross-party Select Committee on 9 February 2023, chaired by Clive Betts MP (Labour, Sheffield South East). It followed their enquiry launched on 21 July 2022 into the proposals in the White Paper. The committee received and published 242 written submissions and had two oral evidence sessions at which they heard from landlord and tenant groups and local government representatives.

Reforming the Private Rented Sector: Government’s response to Levelling Up Committee’s Report: published 20 October 2023 which announced delay to abolition of Section 21 and the new ground for possession for student tenancies.

Keeling Schedule for Housing Act 1988: Helpful document which shows the changes which would be made by the Renters (Reform) Bill (as introduced) to the Housing Act 1988 should the Bill receive Royal Assent in its current draft.

Amendments to the Renters Reform Bill as at 28 November 2023: These are the amendments tabled during the Committee Stage in the House of Commons. All of the government amendments were passed.

Decisions of the Committee: Full details of the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause considered at the House of Commons Committee Stage.

Official report of the Committee Stage in the House of Commons. Transcript of the oral hearings and debates during the Committee Stage.

Final thoughts

The Renters Reform Bill has been attracting a lot of commentary in the media from different pressure groups.

However, I use my long experience as a solicitor, and that as a self-managing landlord, to bring an independent and reliable take on what the Renters Reform Bill is likely to mean for in practice.

Please bookmark this Renters Reform Hub as a place for well-researched, free resources on the Renters Reform Bill. I add new content and update older content regularly.

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