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There’s been a big jump in the number of privately rented homes in one part of Gloucestershire – as ministers reveal measures to improve tenants’ rights. The Government’s “fairer private rented sector” White Paper published on Thursday (June 16) sets out plans to improve living conditions for private renters in England.

There are 11 million people who rely on private landlords for their homes across the country, according to housing charity Shelter, although there is a lack of data on where they are locally. These figures are according to housing charity Shelter, although there is a lack of data on where they are locally.

Estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 54,737 privately rented dwellings in Gloucestershire in 2020, an 11.8 per cent rise from 48,942 in 2012. In Tewkesbury, the figure rose by 17.5 per cent over the period, from 5,600 to 6,582, or 15.4 per cent of all dwellings in the area, including privately owned and social rented homes.

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That was among the highest increases of hundreds of areas across England. In Cheltenham, the number rose less steeply by 9.3 per cent, from 12,494 to 13,656, although at 24.1 per cent of all homes that was the highest proportion in the county.

One of the significant pledges in the White Paper is to ban “no-fault” section 21 evictions that allow landlords to end tenancies without giving any reason. This was something the Government first committed to scrap in April 2019.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities figures show that, between April 2019 and the end of last year, at least 511 households across Gloucestershire were deemed to need help with homelessness by their council after being handed a no-fault eviction notice. However, this is likely to under-represent the issue as not everyone who receives a no-fault eviction will approach their local authority for help.

Across England, there were around 4.9 million privately rented dwellings as of March 2021, according to the latest DLUHC figures – 19.6 per cent of all homes. Between April 2019 and December 2021, more than 40,000 households across the nation were deemed to need help with homelessness by their council due to a no-fault eviction notice.

The Government’s measures, which will form part of the Renters Reform Bill, include plans to force landlords to improve substandard homes that pose a health risk to tenants. There are also proposals to end unjustified rent increases, stop landlords from refusing to rent to families with children or benefit claimants, and make it easier for renters to have pets.

Announcing the measures, Levelling Up and Housing Secretary Michael Gove said: “For too long many private renters have been at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords who fail to repair homes and let families live in damp, unsafe and cold properties, with the threat of unfair ‘no fault’ eviction orders hanging over them.

“Our New Deal for renters will help to end this injustice by improving the rights and conditions for millions of renters as we level up across the country and deliver on the people’s priorities.”

Chief executive of Shelter Polly Neate said the Bill was a “gamechanger” for England’s private renters. She said: “Scrapping unfair evictions will level the playing field. For the first time in a long time, tenants will be able to stand up to bad behaviour instead of living in fear. This White Paper promises people safety and security in their home, and it makes clear that landlords need to play by the rules.

“Gone will be the days of families being uprooted and children forced to move school after being slapped with a Section 21 no-fault eviction for no good reason. As these plans move through Parliament, they’ve got to keep their teeth to drive up standards and professionalise private renting.

“For every renter trapped in a never-ending nightmare of moving from one shoddy rental to the next, the Renters’ Reform Bill cannot come soon enough.”

Alicia Kennedy, director of campaign group Generation Rent, also welcomed the proposals but said she was “disappointed” that the rules around no-fault evictions would allow landlords to evict tenants to sell or move family in.
She added: “The government proposals still mean a renter could be evicted every eight months due to no fault of their own.”





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