The Government is consulting about measures to increase security for tenants in the private rented sector – such as introducing a 3 year tenancy with a 6 month break clause. The private rented sector makes up 20% of all households.
The average length of residence in the private rented sector is 3.9 years in comparison with 17.5 years in the owner occupier sector and 11.3 years in the social sector. However, 81% of tenancies granted are for an initial fixed term of 6 or 12 months
The consultation, which is open until 26 August, seeks views in the barriers to longer tenancies and how to over- come them. Any policy changes brought forward as a result of the consultation will be subject to appropriate assessment. It is likely that further grounds for repossession may be introduced, for example to allow a landlord to sell their property that is subject to a three year let.
With an eye on how reforms may affect our Landlords’ Legal and Commercial Property Owners’ products, we will track the consultation response document and any legislation that emerges to implement changes. In due course you can expect some further blogs as we keep you updated.
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If you'd like to see the original announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government you can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/longer-tenancy-plans-to-give-renters-more-security