Understanding the Renters Reform Bill

The Renters Reform Bill will introduce several significant changes to the private rental sector, including:

  • Abolishing Section 21 evictions: Under the current law, landlords can evict tenants without reason. Landlords will now only be able to evict tenants in specific circumstances, such as if the tenant has failed to pay rent or has damaged the property.
  • Moving to periodic tenancies: The bill will see a move away from fixed-term tenancies and towards periodic tenancies, meaning tenants will have a guaranteed right to remain in their property until they give notice to leave.
  • Strengthening landlords’ rights of possession: While it will be more difficult for landlords to evict tenants, it will also strengthen landlords’ rights of possession. For example, landlords can evict tenants more quickly when selling the property or moving in.

Key Provisions Affecting Landlords

The Renters Reform Bill will require landlords to be more careful about who they rent to, invest more in their properties, and be more flexible with their rental terms. This will benefit tenants by giving them more security, stability, and home choices.

Key takeaways:

  • Landlords will need to do more due diligence on potential tenants.
  • Landlords must invest in repairs, maintenance, and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Landlords must give tenants longer notice periods for rent increases and allow pets in their properties (wherever possible).

Impact on Tenants

The Renters Reform Bill will give tenants greater security and stability in their homes by abolishing “no-fault” evictions and giving them more rights to challenge rent increases. Landlords will also be required to invest more in their properties, which could improve the quality of rental housing.

Balancing Landlord and Tenant Interests

The Renters Reform Bill will likely create tensions between landlord and tenant interests. It will give tenants greater security and protection, making it more difficult for them to be evicted unfairly and giving them more rights to challenge rent increases. However, landlords may view the bill as too restrictive and may be concerned about the impact on their ability to manage their properties.

Landlords will also need to give tenants longer notice periods for rent increases, making it more difficult for landlords to keep up with rising costs, such as mortgage interest rates. Another issue is requiring landlords to invest significant sums of money in their properties’ repairs, maintenance, and energy efficiency. This could be a financial burden for landlords, especially those with multiple properties.

Despite the potential tensions, there are some things that landlords and tenants can do to work together to maintain a mutually beneficial tenancy arrangement:

  • Landlords should be transparent and responsive, maintain their properties, be reasonable, and treat tenants respectfully.
  • Tenants should pay rent on time, take care of the property, report repairs promptly, understand when the landlord needs access, and treat the landlord respectfully.

Compliance and Transition Period

The bill is anticipated to be passed into law in 2024, with the new regulations coming into effect in 2025. There will likely be a transitional period between the passage of the bill and the implementation of the new regulations to give landlords and tenants time to prepare for the changes. The transitional period may include the following measures:

  • Existing tenancies will continue to be governed by the current law until the end of the tenancy.
  • New tenancies entered into during the transitional period will be subject to the new regulations.
  • Landlords will be given time to make necessary changes to their properties to comply with the new standards.
  • Tenants will be given time to adjust to the new regulations, such as the new notice periods for rent increases.

Potential Impacts on the Rental Market

The Renters Reform Bill will likely have broader implications for the UK’s rental market. Concerning supply and demand dynamics, the bill will likely reduce the supply of rental properties in the UK because landlords may be less willing to rent out their properties.

With the UK’s population growing, the increased demand for rental properties will likely lead to higher rents. Additionally, the new requirement for landlords to invest more in their properties is likely to increase landlords’ costs, which they may pass on to tenants in the form of higher rents.

The bill is likely to have a mixed impact on market stability. On the one hand, the bill is expected to reduce the risk of tenants being evicted unfairly, leading to more stability in the market. However, the bill could lead to increased uncertainty, with landlords less willing to invest in or rent out their properties in the first place.

Legal Considerations and Resources

Several legal resources are available to both landlords and tenants for navigating the implications of the Renters Reform Bill.

The following organisations can provide advice and support to landlords and tenants on the Renters Reform Bill:

Landlords and tenants can also seek legal advice on the Renters Reform Bill from a solicitor or other legal professional. The following resources may also be helpful for landlords and tenants:

Law Society of England and Wales: Renting a property: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/public/for-public-visitors/common-legal-issues/letting-a-property
The Housing Ombudsman: The Housing Ombudsman website: https://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/contact-us/

Expert Insights and Opinions

Legal experts, industry professionals, and advocacy groups have expressed various views on the Renters Reform Bill. Some legal experts welcome the bill, arguing that it will provide much-needed protection for tenants. Others say concerns about increased costs for landlords and a reduction in the supply of rental properties.

Industry professionals such as Landlords and property agents express a range of views, with some concerned about the bill’s impact on their businesses and others welcoming it as a step towards a more professionalised landlord sector.

Advocacy groups such as Shelter and the National Housing Federation welcome the bill, arguing that it will provide much-needed protection for tenants and help to reduce homelessness.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter: “The Renters’ (Reform) Bill must truly deliver change for renters when it becomes law, and it should be as strong as possible with every loophole closed so that no renter can be unfairly evicted. The government must keep renters at the forefront to ensure this bill has the teeth needed for real change.”


Overall, the Renters Reform Bill will give tenants more security and rights and will likely lead to a more professionalised landlord sector and an improvement in rental housing quality.

It may have a mixed impact on the market, reducing homelessness and increasing uncertainty. Landlords and tenants should stay informed about the Renters Reform Bill to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new regulations to help ensure a smooth transition to the new system and minimise the risk of disputes.