This briefing paper brings together details of the main changes to the rent safety net announced since 2010. It covers the savings achieved through changes to Housing Benefit and the Universal Credit housing costs element, as well as the impact of these policies, and the debate that surrounds them.
The Library will produce a briefing or material for the second reading debate and this page will be updated when it is made available.
The second reading paper may be updated as the Bill goes through Parliament; alternatively additional papers will be added to this page to reflect the Bill’s progress.
- The Queen’s Speech
- Queen’s Speech background paper
- Consultation: A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants
- Consultation: Tenancy deposit reform: a call for evidence
- Commons Library Briefing Paper: The end of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions
- Commons Library Briefing Paper: Tenancy deposit schemes
Help for Members of Parliament and their staff
In addition to writing and updating published papers as bills go through Parliament, the House of Commons Library can assist Members of Parliament and their staff with individual enquiries about bills, particularly on the policy background.
The Public Bill Office (PBO) supports public bill committees. The staff working in the PBO can advise Members of Parliament on tabling amendments to bills and on the drafting of Private Members’ Bills.
This briefing paper explains the duty on private landlords to protect tenants’ deposits. It discusses ongoing issues with tenancy deposit protection and proposed reforms in England.
This Commons Library paper discusses the way that sales of residential property are taxed, and a series of reforms that have been introduced to stamp duty land tax in recent years.