Christopher Pincher confirmed as housing minister

Article Posted -
14 Feb 2020

Following the cabinet reshuffle, Christopher Pincher was confirmed as the new Minister for Housing while Robert Jenrick remained the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Christopher Pincher takes over from Esther Mcvey who had been in post since July 2019 and it makes him the tenth housing minister in the last ten years. He is MP for Tamworth who first entered parliament in 2010 and was previously a minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth department.

One of the key aspects that we expect will be within his brief will be overseeing the Renter’s Reform Bill which seeks to overhaul the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) by proceeding with the abolition of Section 21.

Other elements to be included in the Bill include:

  • Reform of the current legislation to give landlords more rights when there is a legitimate need to regain possession
  • Lifetime deposits will be introduced which will mean that tenants will not need to save every time they move
  • The scope and access of the rogue landlords and property agents’ database will be expanded to improve standards and empower tenants to make an informed decision about their renting decisions

Elsewhere, Alok Sharma was promoted to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Minister for COP26 and will be chairing the climate conference. At the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) there were no changes with Thérèse Coffey as Secretary of State and Will Quince as Minister with the unenviable role of delivering Universal Credit.

We will be writing to the housing minister to congratulate him on his appointment and we will provide update on this in due course.

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