New Clause 17 - Interpretation of Chapter 2A

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

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“In this Chapter—

‘benefits claimant’ means a person who is entitled to payments under or by virtue of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 or the Welfare Reform Act 2012, or would be so entitled were a relevant tenancy to be granted to the person;

‘child’ means a person under the age of 18;

‘dwelling’ means a ‘dwelling-house’ within the meaning of Part 1 of the 1988 Act (see section 45 of that Act) in England;

‘prospective landlord’ means a person who proposes to let a dwelling on a relevant tenancy;

‘prospective tenant’ means a person seeking to find a dwelling to rent;

‘regulated tenancy’ has the same meaning as in the Rent Act 1977 (see section 18 of that Act);

‘relevant person’, in relation to a relevant tenancy, means—

(a) the prospective landlord;

(b) a person acting or purporting to act directly or indirectly on behalf of the prospective landlord;

‘relevant tenancy’ means an assured tenancy within the meaning of the 1988 Act, other than a tenancy that is—

(a) a tenancy of social housing, within the meaning of Part 2 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, or

(b) a tenancy of supported accommodation, within the meaning given by paragraph 12 of Schedule 2 to the 1988 Act.”—(Jacob Young.)

This new clause contains definitions relevant to the new Chapter expected to be formed of new clauses relating to discriminatory practices in relation to the grant of tenancies.

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