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First promised by the Government in 2019, the Renters Reform Bill has the opportunity to make the biggest changes to private renting in England in a generation, and will include a ban on section 21 'no fault' evictions, a national register of landlords and a Decent Homes Standard for privately rented homes.
ACORN has been working within the Renters Reform Coalition to make the Bill as transformative and positive for renters as possible. Our members have attended Parliament twice to speak to MPs, we have addressed policy groups, and members have met with Eddie Hughes, the Minister for Housing and Homelessness.
In 2022 we rallied our members across the country in the constituencies of MPs who hold key ministerial positions or chair key parliamentary committees and groups, and in March of 2023 we took hundreds of renters to Parliament for the Renters Rally, lobbying dozens of MPs and handing in a petition to Downing Street.
In May 2023, the Bill finally entered Parliament, and after some delays was debated in Parliament in October 2023. The Government confirmed that the promised ban on section 21 evictions would not happen until courts were reformed, at an unspecified point in the future.
It’s clear that the Government is still bound by the will of the landlord lobby and backbench landlord MPs, but whatever happens next ACORN will continue to mobilise our members and push to make sure that this legislation delivers the change that renters need and deserve.
Sign up to hear about the campaign using the form above, and watch this space for next steps of the campaign as the Bill makes its way through Parliament.