The Renters’ Reform Bill is dead in the water and must now be started again after years of uncertainty and campaigning by landlord and tenant groups.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt did not include the Bill in the ‘wash-up’ period which would have allowed the legislation to be rushed through by MPs ahead of the suspension of Parliament for the election.

Shadow housing minister Matthew Pennycook has promised that Labour will deliver legislation to reform the private rented sector. Pennycook stated “The Tories’ decision to cave in to vested interests and abandon the Renters’ Reform Bill leaves in tatters the promises they made to private tenants five years ago. Labour will pass renters reform legislation that levels decisively the playing field between landlords and tenants.”

Generation Rent has criticised the government for failing in its promise to renters at the last election to deliver a fairer tenancy system. Chief executive Ben Twomey says “Whoever forms the next government must make rental reform a key part of their agenda”.

“This means proper protections from evictions when we have done nothing wrong, and limits on unaffordable rent rises so we can’t be turfed on to the streets at a landlord’s whim.”

NRLA chief executive Ben Beadle says after delay in government and a failure to be clear about how to ensure changes would work, the sector now faces more uncertainty.

Beadle adds “Reforming the sector will be an important issue for the next government and we will work constructively with them to ensure changes are fair and workable.”

“That means empowering tenants to challenge rogue and criminal landlords whilst ensuring the confidence of responsible landlords to stay in the market.”

Allison Thompson, national lettings managing director at Leaders Romans Group, is disappointed that the Bill won’t pass into law and says it’s a significant setback.

She says “LRG has consistently advocated for a balanced approach that protects both tenants’ rights and landlords’ interests.”

“The failure to pass the Renters Reform Bill highlights the need for comprehensive housing policies that provide stability and address the critical issues facing the sector, principally the undersupply of good-quality rental homes.”

“We urge the next administration to place housing at the heart of its agenda, providing the consistency and long-term focus that the sector desperately needs.”

“In the landscape of property lettings it’s imperative for agents and landlords alike to grasp the distinctions between statutory and contractual tenancy agreements which operate in England.”