LAWS IN THE PIPELINE JULY 2019

Sublet Property (Offences) Bill
This is a Private Member’s Bill introduced in the House of Commons by Christopher Chope. It is intended to make the breach of certain rules relating to sub-letting rented accommodation a criminal offence; to make provision for criminal sanctions in respect of unauthorised sub-letting; and for connected purposes. The Bill is being prepared for publication. The Bill received its first reading on 5 September 2017 and was due to receive its second reading on 23 November 2018 but was not called. To follow progress of the Bill, click here Private Landlords (Registration) Bill
This Bill was introduced to Parliament on 17 January 2018 under the Ten Minute Rule. The Bill seeks to require all private landlords in England to be registered. Second reading has been postponed to a date to be announced. For the Bill, as introduced, click here To read the debate on introduction of the Bill, click here To follow progress of the Bill, click here 

Leasehold Reform Bill
This Bill, introduced to Parliament on 7 November 2017 under the Ten Minute Rule and sponsored by Justin Madders, makes provision about the regulation of the purchase of freehold by leaseholders; to introduce a system for establishing the maximum charge for such freehold; to make provision about the award of legal costs in leasehold property tribunal cases; and to establish a compensation scheme for cases where misleading particulars have led to certain leasehold agreements. Second reading has been postponed to a date to be announced. For the Bill as introduced, click here To follow progress of the Bill, click here

Housing and Planning (Local Decision-Making) Bill
This Private Member’s Bill seeks to remove powers of the Secretary of State in relation to the location of and planning permission for new housing developments; to give local authorities powers to establish requirements on such developments in their area, including requirements on the proportion of affordable and social housing. It received its first reading on 13 March 2018. Second reading has been postponed to a date to be announced. The Bill is being prepared for publication. To follow progress of the Bill, click here

Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill
This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Helen Goodman, seeks to make provision for the regulation of fees charged by management companies to freeholders of residential properties; to make provision for self-management of shared facilities by such freeholders; and to require management companies to ensure shared facilities are of an adequate standard. It received its first reading on 14 November 2018. Second reading has been further postponed and is now expected to be on a date to be announced. The Bill is being prepared for publication. To follow progress of the Bill, click here 

Fire Safety (Leasehold Properties) Bill
This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Marsha De Cordova, would require freeholders of certain properties that have failed fire safety tests to carry out remedial work; to make provision for sanctions for such freeholders who fail to carry out such work; to ensure that leaseholders are not held liable for the costs of such work; and to make provision for a loan scheme to assist freeholders in carrying out such work. It received a first reading on 28 November 2018 and will have its second reading on a date to be announced. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Tenancy (Deposits and Arbitration) Bill
This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, would establish a single custodial tenancy deposit scheme; to provide for that scheme to invest deposits; to require interest on such investments to be used for the provision of tenant advocacy, tenant support and arbitration services; to establish a mandatory arbitration service for the resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants. The Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 13 March 2019. The second reading is scheduled to take place on a date to be announced. The Bill is being prepared for publication. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Freehold Properties (Management Charges) Bill
This Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Preet Kaur Gill, would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges payable under section 19 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to freehold property owners. The Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 5 June 2019. The second reading is yet to be scheduled. The Bill is being prepared for publication. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

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