The government says it is committed to increasing security for
tenants in the private rented sector, while balancing landlords'
needs to regain their properties when their circumstances
The government has now issued a consultation paper "Overcoming barriers to
longer tenancies in the private rented sector" inviting
views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords in the
private rented sector offering longer tenancies. The government is
also seeking views on a proposed model for a 3 year tenancy with a
6 month break clause, and the options for implementing this. The
government says the model is designed to give tenants in the
private rented sector certainty over rents, and retains the
flexibility that many desire.
The consultation closes on 26 August 2018.
This consultation on options to increase security for tenants in
the private rented sector comes at a time when councils and council
tenants are still waiting to hear whether the government intends to
press ahead with legislation introduced in the Housing and Planning
Act 2016 to abolish secure lifetime tenancies and
introduce mandatory fixed term tenancies for council tenants.