After many years of discussion and consultation, the Renters (Reform) Bill was finally published yesterday. The fact that the publication of the Bill was one of the main headline news items yesterday highlights the significance of the changes the Bill will introduce when it comes into force.
Whilst still only at Bill stage and therefore liable to change as it passes its way through Parliament, given the promises made it is unlikely that the substance of the Bill will change much.
The Bill will result in the abolition of the assured shorthold tenancy regime, the introduction of new possession grounds, changes to rent reviews, increased regulation of private sector landlords and additional enforcement powers for local authorities.
We are working our way through the Bill - the devil is always in the detail - so do look out for our series of ebriefings over the next week as we focus on different sections of the Bill and what the proposals will mean in practice for you.