It is good to see the Secretary of State finally recognise that you can’t ‘level up’ unless you sort renting out.

Too many rented homes are unsafe. In England, nearly 1 in 5 privately rented homes do not meet the minimum requirements to be deemed habitable – which includes not having damp or mould growth, overcrowding or exposure to electrical hazards.

That’s why it is good news that the government has committed to halving the number of non-decent homes by 2030 and re-confirmed its pledge to end no-fault evictions. A national register of landlords is also welcome, but the details of this policy will determine whether it empowers renters. These are big wins for housing campaigners, who have been calling for action for many years.

The Renters’ Reform Coalition will be campaigning with renters to turn these announcements into meaningful legislative change and the funding to enforce it. We want to work with Government to ensure these pledges are honoured and that the promise to reset the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and renters is delivered.

It's been over two years since the government first promised to end Section 21. 2022 must be the year unfair evictions end for good. No more fear of being evicted for no reason and no unfair evictions by the backdoor.