The Government has not made parliamentary time for its second reading this autumn as expected, so the progress of the Renters Reform Bill will be delayed.  

After a summer of headlines of record numbers of s21 notices being served and suggestions private landlords are preparing to sell up in droves, no doubt this is a politically driven decision anxious about housing supply.

The Prime Minister's decision this week to abolish the requirement for private landlords to comply with EPC level C or above in all rented homes by 2025/2028 may relieve some of the pressure private landlords have been feeling. 

I very much doubt this is the end of the Renters Reform Bill however in view of the three years of consultation that went into it. Perhaps the delay will give more time to consider ways to better balance the interests and concerns of landlords and tenants. Watch this space - but probably it seems now in 2024.