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Crisis responds to media reports on changes to the Renters Reform Bill

There have been reports in the media today, 28th March 2024, that the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill will return to parliament after Easter recess and that a number of proposals to change the Bill are being considered.

In a letter, published by the Sun, the suggested changes include a delay to the implementation of ending section 21, or ‘no-fault’, evictions which the Government committed to ending in its 2017 manifesto. To date there has been numerous delays and speculation around the progress of the Bill.

In a statement on the 14th March 2024, Crisis and the NRLA jointly called for the Bill to be published to provide clarity on the future of the proposed rental reforms, with both organisations stating: ‘It is vital that it [Renters Reform Bill] supports tenants, responsible landlords and prevents homelessness.’

In response to today’s reports Matt Downie, Crisis Chief Executive, said: “The Renters Reform Bill’s purpose was to give much needed protection to renters, and it’s absolutely vital that it does so. Failing to immediately abolish Section 21 or ‘no-fault’ evictions – the leading cause of homelessness in England – won’t do that.

“There has been positive movement on homelessness prevention measures in this Bill, which would see households still being supported after eviction, which we very much welcome. But with the Bill still not published and continued uncertainty over ending no-fault evictions, this situation continues to cause anxiety for millions of renters across the country.

“The Levelling Up Minister is correct – it's vital that the Renters Reform Bill protects tenants, prevents homelessness and supports responsible landlords, but there is more it needs to include for it to achieve this.”