A group of leading organisations supporting private renters have formed a new Renters Reform Coalition, with the aim of pressuring the government to deliver a “fairer” housing system for private renters.
Comprising a total of 19 national housing charities, campaigners, renters unions, advice centres, and think tanks, the Renters Reform Coalition is calling on the government to use the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill to end section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, improve the condition of privately rented homes, and create a system within which renters feel empowered to stand up for their rights.
The coalition says the Renters’ Reform Bill is a “good chance” to go beyond tenancy reform and change the landscape of renting for the better, believing that for too many private renters the current system deprives them of a home in which they can live happily and thrive.
The coalition says it will work with government and others to ensure the Renters’ Reform Bill leads to a private-rented sector in which all renters have access to a safe, affordable, and secure home.
Bridget Young, programme manager at the Nationwide Foundation, said: “The government has pledged to end section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions, and one year ago, we welcomed its plans to reform private renting in the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill.
“This bill is an opportunity to redesign our housing system, creating a fairer balance between renters and landlords.
“Implemented correctly, these reforms are also a chance to improve the safety, security, and condition of privately rented homes.
“We are looking forward to working with the government and other partners to take this opportunity to deliver a more just housing system.
“The coalition is a broad group, but we are united in our belief that everyone needs a safe, affordable, and secure home where they can live and flourish.”
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