How will the General Election affect the proposed Housing Law reforms?

Proposed Housing Law Reforms and the General Election

23rd May 2024

How will the General Election affect the proposed Housing Law reforms?

Well, the dissolution of Parliament is going to happen on Thursday 30th May, so we have one week to monitor progress on some key areas of housing law reforms. These areas include The Renters (Reform) Bill and The Leasehold and Freehold Bill. 

Renters (Reform) Bill

The Renters (Reform) Bill is hoping to be implemented to make tenancies more secure for renters. One of the proposed changes in the bill is the abolishment of Section 21 evictions; if implemented it would give tenants more security by removing the absolute no fault element. Another aspect of the Renters (Reform) Bill that is particularly important to all pet lovers out there, means it could give tenants the right to request a pet in the property. Landlords could require pet insurance to cover any damages to their property. 

More information on what else is part of the Renters (Reform) Bill can be found here: GOV.UK’s guidance to the Renters (Reform) Bill.

Leasehold and Freehold Bill

Now moving onto the Leasehold and Freehold Bill. The goal of the Bill is to improve home ownership for millions of leaseholders across England and Wales. A few of the key benefits to this Bill include: 

  • Improving the speed and process for buying or selling a leasehold property 
  • Ban the sale of new leasehold houses 
  • Increase the standard lease extension term for houses and flats to 990 years. Currently these are set at 90 years for flats and 50 years for houses 

For more information on the additional benefits, read on here: GOV.UK’s guidance to the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

Both Bills have significant steps needing to pass through Parliament before being able to be implemented, which means it is not impossible for us to see them in place by Thursday 30th May, but they are incredibly unlikely. 

We will be updating this blog with the latest information throughout the next few weeks. We recommend checking back in to see how this could impact you. 

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