Longer term tenancies being proposed.

Published on Mon, 2nd Jul 2018 16:51

The new Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire has today (June 2nd) published a consultation on longer term tenancies.

Brokenshire said: “It is deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives or find new schools for their children at short notice due to the terms of their rental contract.

“Being able to call your rental property your home is vital to putting down roots and building stronger communities. That’s why I am determined to act, bringing in longer tenancies which will bring benefits to tenants and landlords alike.”

there could be exemptions for some types of renter such as students, who are likely to move house more often. 

This would appear to be in view of the growing number of tenants likely to vote against the Tories if they don't appear to be supporting them.

The critical sections of the proposal are:-

  • A minimum three year tenancy but with an opportunity for the landlord and tenant to leave the agreement after the initial six months if dissatisfied. If both landlord and tenant are happy, the tenancy would continue following the break clause (clause 59)
  • Following the six month break clause, the tenant would be able to leave the tenancy by providing a minimum of two months’ notice in writing (clause 64)
  • Landlords can recover their property during the fixed term if they have reasonable grounds. These grounds would be in accordance with the existing grounds in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988 and would include antisocial behaviour and the tenant not paying the rent. Landlords must give the tenant notice (which would follow the notice set out in section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 for the ground or grounds used). Additionally, there would be grounds which covered landlords selling the property, as is possible in the current model tenancy agreement, or moving into it themselves. These grounds would require the landlord to provide at least two months or 8 weeks notice in writing  (clause 66)
  • Rents can only increase once per year at whatever rate the landlord and tenant agree but the landlord must be absolutely clear about how rents will increase when advertising the property. (clause 72)
  • Exemptions could be put in place for tenancies which could not realistically last for three years, for example, short term lets and student accommodation (clause 75)