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Queen’s Speech December 2019: Property Implications

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

The Queen’s Speech was delivered on 19 December 2019.

It sets out the legislative programme for the 2019-20 Parliamentary session, including details of the various Bills that the government intends to introduce.

There are several measures contained in the Queen’s Speech of relevance to the property sector. Practitioners will be interested in the Renters’ Reform Bill which aims to improve protections for tenants by removing section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and reforming the grounds for possession. It will also introduce a lifetime deposit. There are also announcements on housing including a consultation on First Homes to provide homes for local people and key workers at a discount, a reformed shared ownership model and a Planning White Paper.

The Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill will allow Electronic Communications Code operators to apply for interim Code rights in relation to tenanted properties where the landlord has repeatedly failed to respond to formal notices. The High Speed Rail 2 (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill is also likely to be reintroduced.

Other measures proposed by the government include the introduction of an Agriculture Bill, Environment Bill, the publication of a National Infrastructure Strategy and proposals to ensure new building safety standards.

Tom Warrender

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Tom Warrender

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Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 14 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.