A NEW deal for renters will restore “fairness, honesty and transparency” to the heart of the housing market, the government claims.
Under the plans, unveiled as part of the Queen’s Speech, millions of renters will benefit from a new lifetime deposit scheme which will see their hard-earned deposit move with them from property to property – giving tenants more control over their lives and keeping more of their cash in their pocket.
Proposals to abolish no-fault evictions have also been confirmed. That means landlords will no longer be able to uproot tenants from their homes at short notice and with no good reason, bringing greater security to millions who live in rented accommodation.
This will be matched with new powers to strengthen the rights of landlords to gain possession of their property through the courts when they have a clearly valid reason to do so, in order to create a market where good and responsible landlords flourish.
The government has also announced plans which will make owning a home more affordable. This includes the new First Home scheme, making homes available at a discount for local first-time buyers.
Councils will be able to use housing developers’ contributions to discount homes by 30 per cent for people who cannot otherwise afford to buy in their area.
The Affordable Homes Programme will also be renewed, building more homes for rent and delivering a new shared ownership offer.
The Queen’s Speech has also set out further detail for new legislation to bring an end to the unscrupulous practice of unnecessary leaseholds. It introduces new laws to ban new houses being sold on a leasehold basis and reduce ground rents for new leases to zero.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick MP told Eastern Eye: “The announcements made in the Queen’s Speech will empower both home-buyers and renters. The legislation … will provide a better deal for renters through our lifetime deposit scheme while also protecting them from no fault evictions.
“We will also help first-time buyers get a foot on the property market with 30 per cent discounts for local people and key workers.
“We are moving forward with legislation to set ground rents to zero, abolish leasehold houses and prioritise the safety of residents with the biggest change to building safety laws for 40 years. I look forward to getting on with this ambitious and exciting agenda.”
As well as the measures for renters, local first-time buyers and reforms to the leasehold market, the government has also outlined plans to ensure any new housing is accompanied by essential infrastructure.
A white paper will also be published on reforming the planning system to ensure it works better for the public and small builders, officials revealed.