On Tuesday 2nd March, Onward held a roundtable discussion with Shelter to discuss how the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill can best deliver for tenants and landlords.
The roundtable discussion considered a variety of different topics, but primarily focused on how to develop a clear and balanced relationship between renters and landlords. It was widely agreed that the Government should seek to offer greater security for the “middle tier” of residents between social housing and those who can afford to buy, that Section 21 must be abolished, and that improving the court process could help to address problems for landlords and renters alike.
In partnership with Shelter, we have curated a summary booklet with contributions from Jo Gideon MP, MP for Stoke-On-Trent Central, Andrew Lewer MP, MP for Northampton South, and Nickie Aiken MP, MP for Cities of London and Westminster.
Key conclusions include:
- Security. Both renters and landlords must be given more security by abolishing Section 21 and reforming Section 8 notices.
- Clarity. There is a need for clarity on how the sector is regulated and the court processes associated with civil private related disputes.
- Strengthen. More affordable and better-quality housing should be encouraged as part of the levelling up agenda, particularly in left behind areas.
The event was held under Chatham House Rules.
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