Housing and Planning Bill Gains Royal Assent
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Housing and Planning Bill Gains Royal Assent

By |Published On: 13th May 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Housing and Planning Bill Gains Royal Assent

Housing and Planning Bill Gains Royal Assent

The controversial Housing and Planning Bill has now gained royal assent and has officially become the Housing and Planning Act.

The bill was first introduced in October last year. During the last eight months, it has gone through around 40 parliamentary sessions, heaps of Government defeats in the House of Lords, and 16m pieces of data have been analysed. However, yesterday afternoon, it finally received royal assent to become law.

The act has been criticised for putting an end to social housing. Some of its policies include: the introduction of Starter Homes on new developments for first time buyers at a 20% discount; the extension of the Right to Buy scheme to housing association tenants; and the release of a blacklist of rogue landlords and letting agents, with powers to ban repeat offenders from the private rental sector.

Letting agents must also keep client money in accounts separate to business accounts under Client Money Protection rules.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) discussed the new legislation at the annual housing and health conference, ahead of royal assent.

The Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey, said the bill is limited and unbalanced, and only focuses on homeownership.

The conference was also attended by Matt Allwright, the presenter of Rogue Traders, who Healey said had done more than many MPs to highlight poor conditions and bad landlords in the private rental sector.

But don’t think this is the end for the bill – the flow of legislation is due to continue, and it is believed that a new housing bill will make it into the Queen’s Speech next week.

Although the bill will probably focus on garden cities, it will likely include small print that may be of interest to landlords and letting agents.

We will continue to provide you with updates on all changes to property and landlord law at LandlordNews.co.uk.

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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