I welcome the measures confirmed in the Queen’s Speech and my housing team will be scrutinising the forthcoming white paper on reforming the private rented sector to ensure these will be brought forward in a way that works for Londoners. Ending no fault evictions will reduce homelessness, minimise unwanted, repeated moves and ensure tenants can demand better standards and conditions without fear of a retaliatory eviction. It is vital that the Government’s proposals do not contain loopholes that unscrupulous landlords could use, and I will scrutinise the legislation closely. A new Ombudsman also will help landlords to better fulfil their responsibilities and mean that where things go wrong, renters have a clear and accessible and pathway through which to seek mediation and redress.
Since the publication of my London Model, I have kept up the pressure on government to make good on its promise. Renters in and beyond London have waited for far too long to live in safe, secure and decent rental homes. It is high time that the essential generational change needed to achieve a thriving and sustainable sector is delivered. I now urge government to quickly set forth a timetable for publication of a white paper and the Renters’ Reform Bill.