A white paper setting out the government’s reform plans for private renters, including a ban on no-fault evictions, will not be published until next year, it has been confirmed.
The government has written to stakeholders to inform them that the white paper, which was originally expected this autumn, will be published in 2022.
This is to give ministers more time to consult with the sector and take into account the National Audit Office’s review of regulation of the private rented sector, the letter said.
The white paper is expected to set out the government’s plans to ban Section 21 evictions, which are often referred to as no-fault evictions as they allow landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason.
Former prime minister Theresa May first announced plans to ban this type of eviction in April 2019.
A spokesperson for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities told Inside Housing that the government “remains committed to delivering a fairer private rented sector – this includes ending the practice of no-fault evictions”.
“We will continue to engage constructively with stakeholders across the sector as we develop proposals,” they added.
Calls were repeatedly made during the coronavirus crisis for the government to bring forward the ban on Section 21 evictions as it was feared that they could be used against people who had fallen into arrears due to pandemic-related pressures.