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Renters Reform and the Road to Serfdom


MAINSTREAM media, in conjunction with the Uniparty, continue to trumpet the benefits of the Renters Reform Bill making its way through the Mother of all Parliaments.

Barely a week goes by without an obligatory rental sob story from the BBC, Guardian or Times, outlining the misery of what is called the ‘no faults eviction’ regime in the UK. The story setup and payoff is nearly always the same: nasty (often psychopathic) landlord evicts tenant whose behaviour is as pure as the driven snow. The landlord gives no reason, merely exercising the six-month break clause set out in the rental contract.

The Renters Reform Bill sets out to abolish no-fault evictions. What MPs in nearly all cases are failing to admit is this: The banning of no-fault evictions must, logically, be coupled with rent controls in the same legislation. And that is exactly what the Renters Reform Bill does. Why the link? Because solely banning no-fault evictions would merely provoke a landlord who seeks rapid tenant eviction to notify the tenant that their rent is doubling in 30 days. The result would usually then be rapid tenant rent arrears and the ability to evict the tenant on grounds of non-payment. Of course, our collectivist Civil Servant worker bees have realised that this is a potential course of action. They have inserted clauses into the Bill that make clear that all rent increases will now be subject to possible revocation by local rent arbitration panels. These, one predicts, will become known as Rent Control Committees – tasked with controlling rents to a ‘norm’ in any given area.

As with most aspects of our increasingly Orwellian society, politicians use double-speak about rent controls. Both Conservatives and Labour claim to be against them, rightly extolling the virtues of the free market and recognising the disasters controls have caused in the past. But, as usual with our elected representatives, saying and doing are continents apart. Make no mistake: Renters Reform is Rent Control by the back door, perhaps even the side door. Another giant leap along the Road to Serfdom. 

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Andy Large
Andy Large
Andy Large read law at University of Durham and runs a successful property lettings agency in the North West. He lives in South Cheshire with his family and their badly-behaved cat, Mia.

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