PRS Housing Minister, Felicity Buchan, at her first public speaking engagement, has stated that the government is considering the concerns raised by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) and Leeds Property Association (LPA) regarding the impact of the Renters Reform Bill on the student housing market.

Buchan was speaking at the NRLA’s annual conference in Coventry. In the speech she confirmed that section 21 would be scrapped and that future tenancies would be periodic with no fixed term. However, the Housing Minister did state that the government was carefully considering the student sector but made no commitments. Currently, operators of Purpose Built Student Accommodation have been given exemption from the Bill.

She also said the Government accepted the NRLA’s proposal to tackle anti-social behaviour by tenants. Meetings will take place of key stakeholders representing landlords, tenants, the police and others to develop policy that ensures effective action can be taken against anti-social tenants.

Buchan also made clear the importance of the court system working “properly and efficiently” when Section 21 is abolished. Other speakers at the conference stated that for the Renters Reform Bill to be effective then the courts needed to improve their processing of housing cases.

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA, says: “We welcome the Minister’s comments and agree that the Government’s rental reform plans need to enjoy the confidence of both responsible landlords and tenants.”

“The NRLA has made clear that more needs to be done to ensure the behaviour of anti-social tenants can be tackled effectively when Section 21 goes.”

“We therefore welcome the Minister’s acceptance of our proposal for a roundtable on the issue.” “It is vital that all key stakeholders representing landlords, tenants, the police and others can develop clear and workable plans to ensure neighbours and fellow tenants alike are not left at the mercy of nightmare tenants.”