Call for Evidence
Terms of Reference
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The Committee welcomes evidence submissions on the terms of reference outlined below. The closing date for submissions is 23 August 2022.
In particular, the inquiry seeks answers to the following questions:
- Will the Government’s White Paper proposals result in a fairer private rented sector (PRS)?
- What do the proposals in the White Paper and other recent reforms indicate about the role the Government envisages the PRS playing in providing housing nationally?
- Have the Government’s announcements already led to any changes in behaviour in the PRS?
- Do the proposals for reforming tenancies, including the abolition of Section 21, strike the right balance between protecting tenants from unfair eviction and allowing landlords to take possession of their properties in reasonable circumstances?
- How easily will tenants be able to challenge unfair rent increases under the proposals?
- Does the PRS need its own ombudsman? If so, what powers should it have?
- Will the proposals result in more disputes ending up in the courts? If so, will the proposals for speeding up the courts service suffice?
- What impact, if any, will the reforms have on the supply of students homes in the general PRS?
- What impact, if any, will the reforms have on the supply of homes in the PRS?
- What should be included in the new decent homes standard and how easily could it be enforced?
- How enforceable are the proposals to make it illegal for landlords to have blanket bans on letting to people on benefits or with children? What other groups, if any, should be protected from blanket bans?
- Overall, what additional pressures will the proposals place on local councils, and how many of these will require new burdens funding?
Submissions should not be longer than 3000 words where possible.
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