Following the resignation of Boris Johnson, who has announced he will step down as Prime Minister when his successor is appointed, the UK faces a new leadership crisis.
Johnson has stated that he will not introduce any new policies during his term—but what does this mean for pending legislation such as the Renters' Reform Bill?
The timeline for any changes to the Renters' Reform Bill will depend on whether Johnson's forced resignation is a vote of confidence in the government's agenda, or simply a vote against the current leader.
To the extent that it is the latter, then, the government's strategy so far will be the same until a new leader takes over. This may result in the Renters' Reform Bill being pushed through faster than expected so that the new leader has something to show for their time in office.
Michael Gove has also been dismissed from his post as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, potentially altering the future course of legislation such as the Renters' Reform Bill.
Gove was one of the leading proponents of the Renters' Reform Bill, which was passed by parliament in June 2022 after years of debate and negotiation. The bill reformed tenancy rights for renters across Britain, offering more protections to tenants in areas such as eviction and rent increases.
The bill was controversial because it required landlords to provide accommodation that met minimum standards, which many argued would make owning rental properties less profitable. Gove defended this aspect of the bill at every opportunity, saying that it was essential for protecting vulnerable people from exploitation by unscrupulous landlords who did not care about their tenants' safety or wellbeing.
Critics argued that these proposals were too radical and would damage industry profits by reducing demand for rental properties from potential tenants who could no longer afford them under new conditions.
The Renter's reform bill white paper proposal could be influenced and modified and changed. It might go through modification. We really can’t tell right now if a huge percentage of the bill will still be the same.
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