Tuesday, 18 August 2015

U-Turn on Longer Private Sector Tenancies

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental sector. In September of last year Lewis launched the government’s model tenancy agreement, which went to consultation with the industry. At the time he said: “Today we are publishing our own tenancy agreement which tenants can use to ask for longer tenancies from their landlord if they want to.” However, Lewis now appears to have made a 180 degree turn. Having reiterated his recent announcements and consultation documents on a possible blacklist for rogue letting agents and additional licensing rules to prevent unsafe and overcrowded homes, he categorically ruled out any longer standard tenancies. Read more on the Letting Agent Today website.

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