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Ben Quaintrell of My Property Box reacts to Renters’ Reform Bill


Reacting to the measures contained in the Renters’ Reform Bill published today (Wednesday 17th May), Ben Quaintrell, manging director of North East estate agency group My Property Box, said: “The devil, as always, will be in the detail and we wait to see whether the headline measures are fair and equitable.

“I still fear that the uncertainty created by the scrapping of Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions could lead to many landlords quitting the sector. The Government says it is instead strengthening Section 8 eviction notices, particularly concerning anti-social behaviour, which has always been very difficult to prove. Again, the success of this Bill will hinge on what lurks behind the sound bite.

“Michael Gove has acknowledged the delays around eviction court cases by announcing new digital processes, as well as strengthening enforcement powers for councils and in applying the Decent Homes Standard.

“However, unless considerable investment is made in the courts and in ensuring councils can overcome a lack of funding, qualified staff, and unreliable data, any enforcement will remain blunted.

“I do welcome the appointment of a new Ombudsman to provide cheaper and quicker resolutions to disputes as will most landlords who support raising standards by driving the minority of rogue operators out of the rental sector.

“However, the success of this Bill continues to hinge on whether it has been properly thought out, it can be practically applied and balances the rights of both landlords and tenants.”



Photo caption: Ben Quaintrell, managing director of My Property Box

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Ben Quaintrell, managing director of My Property Box
Ben Quaintrell, managing director of My Property Box
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