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Conservative Manifesto

Article Posted - 25th November 2019

**UPDATE 25 November**

The Conservatives released their manifesto yesterday, confirming that it will follow through with plans to change the law and abolish ‘no fault' evictions (Section 21).

The party also committed to reform of the courts to ensure that landlords are able to regain possession when they need to – although there is no detail about funding commitment to this.

The Conservative pledges on housing included:

The proposal for ‘Lifetime Rental Deposits' appears to be the introduction of deposit passporting, which the Government consulted on earlier this year.

Other Conservative commitments relevant to landlords included:

There was also a commitment to improve the energy efficiency of homes, although no detail about what this would mean for the private rented sector.

The pledge to abolish Section 21 was announced on 15 April by Theresa May's Government as part of her rhetoric to address ‘burning injustices'.  The announcement was followed by a 12-week consultation period on A New Deal for Renting: Resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants. The consultation closed on 12 October and our response can be found here.

Since coming into power, Boris Johnson had been silent on matters relating to the private rented sector and greater focus had been placed on house building and other infrastructure projects as highlighted in the Queen's speech. This announcement refocuses attention on housing and more specifically renters, which is a far cry from the Prime Minister's focus on Brexit

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