New deal for private renters

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    Published today.

    Will affect the approx 8 million renters in England when the legislation is introduced. Pets must be allowed and unlawful to refuse to those in receipt of benefits.

    No more AST agreements; tenancies are open ended.

    A lot of pension age are in rented and this also affects social housing inc exempt and temporary.

    John Boxall

    The difficulty though is where is the money and the will for enforcement.

    What is needed if for ‘enforcement’ to be done by the state (or Local Authority) and for this to be properly funded rather than saying ‘Yes Mr/Ms/Mx tenant you can take your landlord to Court/whatever just find a solicitor and pay them’.

    An obvious analogy might be Trading Standards

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield


    Property market in the South East is red hot, can see a lot of LL just cashing in their “pension pots” which will lead to even less rented property on the market. Heard on the radio yesterday that a LL with just one property put it on rental market for £1200pcm and was offered £2000pcm straight away…………crazy.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by rob-boxall.

    Its all just lip service though isnt it?
    While no landlord will say “we dont allow pets/accept benefits” they will generally have more than 1 potential tenant to chose from – so the one with the better credit check/ higher income/ no pets will be the preferred candidate

    Its going to be very difficult to prove to why someone was turned down for a tenancy

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