The UK Parliament recently marked a significant milestone in housing legislation with the advancement of the Renters (Reform) Bill. On Wednesday, 24 April, the bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons, signalling a pivotal moment for the UK’s private rented sector. This legislation, which has undergone over 257 amendments, is set to fundamentally change the landscape for tenants and landlords, with the promise of a fairer and more modern rental market.

Overview of the Renters (Reform) Bill

The Renters (Reform) Bill is heralded as the most substantial overhaul of the private rented sector in decades. Initiated with a white paper published in June 2022, the bill’s primary goal is to create a better deal for renters by abolishing ‘no fault’ evictions and reforming landlord possession grounds. These changes aim to enhance the security and quality of living for tenants while ensuring that landlords can manage their properties effectively.

Legislative Background and Process

The bill’s journey through Parliament included extensive consultations with stakeholders in the letting industry during Committee Hearings. This process was crucial for addressing concerns and integrating perspectives from various parties involved in the rental sector. The result was a well-debated piece of legislation enriched with key amendments.

Key Features and Amendments

The Renters (Reform) Bill introduces several critical changes designed to balance the interests of tenants and landlords:

  • Abolition of Section 21 Evictions: The bill proposes to eliminate “no-fault evictions, transitioning all tenancies to periodic agreements with no fixed end date.
  • New Grounds for Possession: Additional grounds for possession will be introduced, allowing landlords legitimate means to reclaim their properties when necessary.
  • Protection Against Retaliatory Evictions: Tenants will receive enhanced protections against unfair evictions, promoting a more stable living environment.
  • Mandatory Landlord Ombudsman: All private landlords will be required to join a new ombudsman, ensuring accountability and dispute resolution.
  • Property Portal Introduction: A new digital portal for privately rented properties in England will be launched to streamline the rental process and improve compliance with standards.
  • Strengthened Local Enforcement: Local councils will gain stronger powers to enforce housing regulations and will be required to report on their activities.

Further Legislative Measures Planned by the Government:

  • Tenants’ Rights to Pets: The bill will grant tenants the right to request pets, enhancing their living conditions.
  • Application of the Decent Homes Standard: The private rented sector will be required to meet quality standards that ensure safe and decent housing.
  • Prohibition of Discriminatory Rental Practices: Blanket bans on renting to tenants receiving benefits or with children will be outlawed.

The Headline: Section 21 and the Eviction Dilemma

One of the most debated elements of the Renters (Reform) Bill is the proposed elimination of Section 21, also referred to as “no-fault” evictions. This provision currently enables landlords to repossess their properties without specifying a reason, a practice that has been widely criticised for its apparent lack of fairness. Despite much criticism about the government “watering down” its stance on abolishing Section 21 notices, the government has reaffirmed their commitment to ending these no-fault evictions. The plan includes providing a six-month notice period before the abolition of Section 21 to allow the rental sector to adjust to the changes. Furthermore, the government is committed to ensuring that the county court system is adequately prepared to handle new possession processes, with planned assessments and enhancements to court efficiency.

Implications for the UK Housing Market

The passage of the Renters (Reform) Bill is expected to have profound implications for the UK housing market. By providing greater security and improving the standards of rental properties, the bill aims to increase tenant satisfaction and reduce turnover in rental agreements. Additionally, the modernisation of processes and introduction of new regulatory measures may encourage more responsible property management and investment in the housing sector.

How Doree Bonner International Can Assist

As the rental landscape undergoes significant changes, Doree Bonner International is ideally positioned to assist both tenants and landlords in navigating the new regulations. Our comprehensive moving and storage services are tailored to support clients through transitions, whether it’s moving into a rental property that meets new standards or updating a property portfolio to comply with the latest regulations.


The Renters (Reform) Bill represents a major shift towards a more equitable and modern rental market in the UK.

As these changes take effect, Doree Bonner International remains committed to providing expert moving and storage solutions to assist both tenants and landlords.

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Further reading:

You can track the progress of the Bill using this link.

Details from the Parliamentary Research Briefing (April 2024) are available here.

For information on the amendments made to the Bill up to 24 April 2024, please click here.