New Clause 12 - Terms in superior leases relating to children or benefits status

Renters (Reform) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 28 November 2023.

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“(1) A term of a lease of premises that consist of or include a dwelling is of no effect so far as the term makes provision (however expressed) requiring a tenant under that or any inferior lease to—

(a) prohibit a sub-tenant under a relevant tenancy or regulated tenancy from having a child live with or visit them at the dwelling, or

(b) restrict the circumstances in which a sub-tenant under a relevant tenancy or regulated tenancy may have a child live with or visit them at the dwelling.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if—

(a) the provision is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, or

(b) the landlord under the lease or a superior landlord is insured under a contract of insurance—

(i) to which section (Terms in insurance contracts relating to children or benefits status) does not apply, and

(ii) which contains a term which makes provision (however expressed) requiring the insured to prohibit a sub-tenant from having a child live with or visit them at the dwelling or to restrict the circumstances in which a sub-tenant may have a child live with or visit them at the dwelling,

and the provision in the lease is a means of preventing the insured from breaching that term.

(3) A term of a lease of premises that consist of or include a dwelling is of no effect so far as the term makes provision (however expressed) requiring a tenant under that or any inferior lease to prohibit a sub-tenant under a relevant tenancy or regulated tenancy from being a benefits claimant.

(4) Subsection (3) does not apply if the landlord under the lease or a superior landlord is insured under a contract of insurance—

(a) to which section (

(b) which contains a term which makes provision (however expressed) requiring the insured to prohibit a sub-tenant from being a benefits claimant,

and the provision in the lease is a means of preventing the insured from breaching that term.

(5) For the purposes of this section, the terms of a lease include—

(a) the terms of any agreement relating to the lease, and

(b) any document or communication from the landlord that gives or refuses consent for sub-letting under the lease to a category or description of person.”—

This new clause provides for terms of a superior lease to be ineffective so far as they would prohibit a tenant from having a child live with or visit them or from being a benefits claimant.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.