The Renters Reform Coalition

c/o Generation Rent, 71 Howard Street, NE30 1AF

Email: siobhan@generationrent.org Tel: 07793590595

                                                                                         

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Secretary of State

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

2 Marsham Street

London

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                                                                                                        13/05/2021

Dear Secretary of State,

The Renters' Reform Coalition welcomed the Government’s commitment to “enhancing the rights of those who rent” in the Queen’s Speech this week, along with the commitment to work alongside the sector. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the bill delivers a fairer renting system, and I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this further.

For background, the Renters' Reform Coalition is made up of 20 leading housing organisations, ranging from national housing charities and think tanks, to advice centres and renters unions. We are united in our mission to reform the private rented sector so that everyone who relies on it for their home can prosper. Our broad membership reflects the sector’s commitment to securing lasting change in the Renters’ Reform Bill.  

The Government has announced a myriad of plans to ‘build back fairer’ and level up the country after the pandemic, so that everyone can realise their potential regardless of where they are from, or their background. Reforming the private rented sector to ensure everyone who relies on it has a secure home will be vital in achieving this.

Drawing on the combined expertise of our members, the Renters' Reform Coalition has developed 10 policy principles, setting out our recommendations for the Renters’ Reform Bill and beyond. These principles outline the change needed to provide greater stability, affordability, safety and standards, and increased access to justice for renters. We look forward to working with the Government to make them a reality.

The pandemic has underlined the importance of a secure and stable home, but private renters have been among those hit the hardest by the crisis. Survation polling suggests that since March 2020, nearly 700,000 renters have been served a Section 21 (no-fault) notice from their landlord, many of these households will have nowhere else to go and could be facing homelessness. Renters have also faced an increase in illegal evictions during this time, being harassed and forced out of their homes with no due process.

Many rely on private rented housing as their only option for a home and long before the pandemic, renters were facing high rents, poor conditions and insecure tenancy agreements, all in the knowledge that they could be evicted at any time. Families with children who make up 24% of the private rented sector, represent one group most at risk and require the reforms promised to ensure their children can access the best education and start in life.

The Government first announced its plans for a Renters’ Reform Bill in December 2019, following the pledge to end Section 21 (no-fault) evictions two years ago. In the wake of the

pandemic, these reforms are needed more than ever, the Coalition hopes the Government uses this year to work with the sector to deliver a fairer rental market with greater protections for renters and a rebalancing of power to enable people to hold their landlord to account.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss how we can work constructively together on the above. Please do contact our Manager - Siobhan Donnachie to arrange a time most suitable for you.

Yours Sincerely,

Sue James

Renters' Reform Coalition Chair

 

Renters' Reform Coalition Members: 

ACORN

Advice for Renters

Camden Federation of Private Tenants

Chartered Institute of Enviromental Health 

Citizens Advice

Crisis 

Generation Rent 

Greater Manchester Tenants Union 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation 

Law Centres Network 

London Renters Union 

Nationwide Foundation 

New Economics Foundation 

National Union of Students 

Priced Out 

Renters Rights London 

Safer Renting 

Shelter 

Toynbee Hall 

Z2K
 

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