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Distant rumbles


Post Truss, we have been told once more that the Renters Reform Bill will be forthcoming before too long, and with it the end of section 21 as a way of getting possession for landlords.

Now, like a distant rumble of thunder heralding the oncoming storm, DLUHC have started a consultation – “Technical consultation on consequential changes to the homelessness legislation“.

This is concerned with the amendments to homelessness legislation that will be required by the end of section 21. (There will be a fair amount of consequential amendments needed to other legislation too – deposits rules, tenant fees etc.)

The consultation is open until 25 January 2023, so clearly being done in something of a rush…


Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. Tom

    Thanks for the update. ‘fair amount of consequential amendments’ is an understatement – Labour suggesting this would be done and dusted within 100 days of election is pie in the sky. p.s. I have no particular political allegiance. Tom

    • Giles Peaker

      Probably not *that* many amends in consequence of ending s.21 – all the ‘how to rent’ guide/gas safety/EPC stuff is just a question of disapplying the regulations (if even that, the regs would simply cease to have any affect with regard to invalidating s.21 notices). Similarly with failure to licence an HMO. The retaliatory eviction provisions in the Deregulation Act might need closer looking at though.

      Of course, the larger question is what penalty for failing to comply would take the place of invalidating a s.21 notice.

  2. Ben Reeve-Lewis

    I see the plan is to allow failure to comply with deposit protection regs to invalidate s8 notices but all of the other Dereg Act stuff will be sidelined

    • Giles Peaker

      Oh hell, I’m going to have to do a section 8 notice flowchart, aren’t I?

  3. Ben Reeve-Lewis

    Haha Just when you thoughts you could kick your shoes off


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