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Timeline: When Will the Renters (Reform) Bill Become Law?

Disclaimer: The details presented in this blog post concerning the Renters (Reform) Bill are based on its status prior to the announcement of a General Election on 22nd May 2024. As the Bill didn’t pass into law before the dissolution of parliament, the information provided may not accurately reflect the final outcome or current legislative status.

If you’re wondering what’s the earliest date the Renters (Reform) Bill could become law, take a look at the timeline below.

The Renters (Reform) Bill was first introduced in May 2023, so there’s quite a journey ahead before it gets passed into law, if it does at all.

Given the many proposed changes for the rental market, landlords need to stay in the loop and know when these shifts might actually happen. At the same time, there’s no need to stress over proposals that are in their early stages and could undergo significant changes before becoming a reality.

To help you out, we have created a timeline that breaks down all the stages of the Renters (Reform) Bill’s progress and estimates when it could come into force in England.

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  1. 17 May 2023
    First Reading

    The Renters (Reform) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons. During this stage, the bill’s title and main objectives were presented, but there was no debate.

  2. 23 October 2023
    Second Reading

    Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons debated the general principles and objectives of the Renters (Reform) Bill. A motion was held at the end of the debate to determine whether the bill should proceed to the next stage.

  3. 28 November 2023
    Committee Stage

    The Committee Stage kicked off on November 14 featuring verbal testimonies from key figures in the private rented sector, including the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), housing charity Shelter, and legal experts, among others.

    Following this, the Committee initiated a thorough review of both the original text and proposed amendments brought forth by the government and opposition parties. This stage concluded on November 28, with the revised Bill formally introduced to the House of Commons.

  4. 24 April 2024
    Report Stage & Third Reading

    During the Report Stage, MPs approved a substantial number of amendments and new clauses to the Renters Reform Bill. Following this, the Third Reading debate quickly followed and successfully passed through the House of Commons.

  5. 1 May 2024
    House of Lords

    As the Renters (Reform) Bill passed all stages in the House of Commons, it’s then sent to the House of Lords for consideration. The bill goes through similar stages in the House of Lords: first reading, second reading, committee stage, report stage, and third reading.

  6. 22nd May 2024
    Announcement of a General Election

    On 22nd May, PM Rishi Sunak called a snap General Election to take place on 4th July 2024. The Bill didn’t make it into the parliament’s ‘wash-up’ period and was consequently scrapped.

The Renters (Reform) Bill didn’t pass into law prior to the dissolution of parliament, following PM Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a snap General Election on 22nd May.

As a result, if the Bill were to be reconsidered after the election, it would need to restart its legislative journey from the beginning.

These uncertainties highlight the need to stay on top of the legislative process and keep up with the latest updates.

Being informed and adaptable in this ever-changing landscape is crucial for everyone involved, whether you’re a landlord or a tenant.

This article was last updated on 30th May 2024.

This article is not intended to form legal or investment advice. Investments in property are not guaranteed and can decrease in value as well as increase.

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