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General election 2024: Tenants (reform) bill now unlikely to pass

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  • Author, Harry Farley
  • Role, political correspondent

The Conservatives’ promise to abolish no-fault evictions before the election will not be kept, sources have told the BBC.

The Tenants (Reform) Bill, which would ban landlords from evicting tenants without cause, will not become law until parliament is prorogued on Friday.

The legislation is being fast-tracked as Friday is the last day MPs will meet in Parliament before the election.

A separate government bill to reform tenancies will be debated in the House of Lords on Friday. Union sources have indicated that while they want to strengthen the bill, they are willing to support the legislation as it is.

Sources from both the Conservatives and Labor have told the BBC that, despite ongoing negotiations, the bill will not be debated on Friday, meaning it will fall once parliament is dissolved.

Union sources indicated that although they wanted changes, they would have supported the bill as it currently stands.

But a government source argued that amendments from independent peers or cross-sections in the House of Lords meant there was not enough time to pass the legislation.

The bill acted on a 2019 Conservative manifesto promise to abolish Section 21, or no-fault, evictions.

It was first introduced in the House of Commons in May last year. But its progress was delayed by opposition from several Conservative MPs who feared it would cause landlords to sell and who wanted to strengthen protections for landlords.

There is no sign of other legislation, such as the Football Governance Bill, on Friday’s calendar, meaning it is unlikely to pass.

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