Schedule 5 - Application of Chapter 1 of Part 1 to existing tenancies: transitional provision

Part of Renters (Reform) Bill – in the House of Commons am 6:18 pm ar 24 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 6:18, 24 Ebrill 2024

I am grateful to the Minister. As he knows, I tried to intervene earlier during his summing-up speech. I merely wanted to pursue the point about rent tribunals that I made in my initial intervention. In the White Paper, the Government said that they were going to prevent tribunals from increasing rents beyond the amount that landlords initially asked for when they proposed a rent increase. Why have the Government gone back on that? Why do they now envisage a scenario in which someone could go to a tribunal and end up with a higher rent than the one against which they are appealing? That is surely a massive disincentive.