The Negotiator reports that government minister Michael Gove held a meeting with leaders of the private rental sector (PRS) to discuss the Government’s proposed reforms of the sector contained in the Renters Reform Bill.

The gathering was promoted as a chance for stakeholders to hear the government’s vision for the future of the PRS. The reforms are expected to be introduced into parliament after the King’s Speech this Autumn.

The Bill will be the biggest change in lettings in over 30 years and will include scrapping of Section 21 repossessions, introduction of a Decent Homes Standard, creating a national online database of rented properties in England and requiring all landlords to join a redress scheme.

The attendees representing landlords and agents included Ben Beadle of the National Residential Landlords Association, Theresa Wallace of The Lettings Industry Council, David Smith from JMW Solicitors and Ian Fletcher from the British Property Federation.

A further six organisations were invited including Generation Rent, Shelter, Citizens Advice, the Renters Reform Coalition, the Local Government Association and the National Housing Federation.

Ben Beadle stated on social media “I can assure you that as the only landlord and letting agent representatives, between us four we conveyed the concerns of the sector and those concerns where certainly heard. It was a fruitful discussion – let’s see what happens next!”.