Wednesday 06 July 2022

The UK Student Accommodation Forum – Initial Views on the Renters Reform Bill, What is Proposed and How will that Affect Students?

This edition of the UK Student Accommodation Forum will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday 6th July 2022 at 11am to 12.15pm. Spaces are limited to 50 delegates.

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On 16th June 2022 the Government published its proposals for the Renters Reform Act White Paper calling it “a new deal for private renters” entitled “A Fairer Private Rented Sector

The proposals include:

  • banning section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions
  • extending a Decent Homes Standard to the private sector
  • introducing an across-the-board redress system.

These proposals, particularly affecting the tenancy status of students have significant implications for the entire student housing market.

  • Whilst PBSA (whether University or private sector) will be treated differently from off-street housing the Government proposes that “students renting in the general private rental market will be included within the reforms, maintaining consistency across the PRS.”
  • These proposals include moving all tenants who would previously have had an Assured Tenancy or Assured Shorthold Tenancy onto a single system of periodic tenancies. This could allow tenants to give two months’ notice: how might that affect the fixed term nature of student tenancies?
  • Removing no fault evictions might mean that a tenant could simply choose to remain in their house affecting the academic cycle and newly arriving student tenants.

This initial Forum will provide some perspective on the proposals and indicate likely cause and effects of what is being proposed.

The event will feature input from Hilary Crook of Hatch Legal and Martin Blakey, speaking on behalf of Unipol and the ANUK/Unipol National Codes.

After the expert discussion there will be a general discussion open to delegates.

A link to the event will be sent to delegates at 4pm the afternoon before the event.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £0

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