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Renters gain extra powers to stamp out 'revenge evictions' as ministers vow to bring in longer tenancy terms

June 30, 2018 11:14 PM
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Action to curb 'revenge evictions' against renters who make complaints about the state of their homes will be unveiled tomorrow.

Ministers will vow to introduce longer tenancy terms to give renters more security.

The move comes amid concerns that some people do not complain about the standard of their property for fear of their tenancies being cut short.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire is set to outline plans for a minimum three-year tenancy term, with a six-month break clause, to help renters put down roots.

But he will argue that it will also give landlords longer-term financial security.

Mr Brokenshire said: 'It is deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives or find new schools for their children at short notice due to the terms of their rental contract.

According to official figures, people stay in their rented homes for an average of nearly four years.

Despite that, four out of five rental contracts are assured shorthold tenancies with a minimum fixed term of only six or 12 months.

Under the proposed reforms, tenants would be able to leave before the end of the minimum term but would have greater protection if they wanted to stay for an extended period.

But officials stressed that the reform would also benefit landlords as longer tenancies would help them avoid costly periods searching for tenants.

The three-year tenancy model is among the options which will go out to a public consultation ending on August 26.


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