November 14, 2023 11:13 am

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Nikka Sulton

As the Renters Reform Bill embarks on the Committee Stage within the hallowed halls of the House of Commons, the political landscape becomes a theater for crucial discussions and deliberations. This phase unfolds as a platform for diverse organizations and individuals with a stake in the bill to contribute substantive evidence and propose nuanced amendments. Their insights will intricately weave into the fabric of this proposed legislation, shaping its contours and potentially influencing its final form.

Amidst the intricate dance of parliamentary processes, the committee proceedings gain added significance due to recent political maneuvers. The unexpected dismissal of Rachel Maclean, a pivotal figure as the Housing Minister and the designated introducer of the bill to the committee, introduces an element of uncertainty. Yet, undeterred by these shifts, the committee presses forward, undaunted in its mission to navigate the complexities of the Renters Reform Bill. This juncture becomes a focal point, not just for lawmakers but also for keen observers, as it signifies a critical chapter in the ongoing narrative of legislative evolution.

Today marks a significant step in the legislative journey of the Renters Reform Bill as the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) and the Lettings Industry Council take the stage for oral evidence. This crucial session invites insights and perspectives, with participants not only delivering oral testimony but also given the opportunity to submit written evidence. The NRLA, through its chief executive Ben Beadle, aims to leverage this occasion to advocate for meaningful changes that address the concerns of both landlords and tenants.

As Ben Beadle steps up to offer evidence this morning, he acknowledges positive signals from the government concerning areas like student lets and court reform. Despite these positive indications, he emphasizes the need for concrete amendments to the Renters Reform Bill. The NRLA, ever watchful for the interests of responsible landlords, maintains an active stance in campaigning for changes that strike a fair balance between the rights and responsibilities of property owners and tenants.

One pressing concern highlighted by the NRLA is the need for movement on notice periods. The organization argues that the Bill’s success hinges on ensuring fairness not only to tenants but also to landlords who are committed to responsible practices. As the oral evidence session unfolds, the NRLA aims to reinforce its campaign for substantive and equitable changes in the Renters Reform Bill, echoing the sentiments of many stakeholders in the rental housing sector.

“I anticipate presenting landlords’ perspectives and experiences to the committee, suggesting straightforward and practical modifications that could positively impact real-world situations.”


The all-party committee consists of:

– Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative);

– Mike Amesbury MP (Labour);

– Shaun Bailey MP (Conservative);

– Sara Britcliffe MP (Conservative);

– Karen Buck MP (Labour);

– Anna Firth MP (Conservative);

– Mary Glindon MP (Labour);

– Eddie Hughes MP (Conservative);

– Siobhain McDonagh MP (Labour);

– Rachel Maclean MP (Conservative, ex-Housing Minister – listed to appear but has now been sacked from post);

– Gagan Mohindra MP (Conservative);

– Helen Morgan MP (Liberal Democrat);

– Matthew Pennycook MP (Labour, Shadow Housing Minister);

– Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Labour);

– Dean Russell MP (Conservative);

– Ben Spencer MP (Conservative); and

– Craig Tracey MP (Conservative).

The evidence session will be broadcast on Parliament TV from 9.25am until 5pm, with a break for lunch. You can watch live here.



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