The government’s promised reforms of the private rented sector are included in its new levelling up white paper, according to the Landlord Today website.

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, Michael Gove, says the white paper includes changes to landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers, aimed at ending, “the unfair situation where renters can be kicked out of their homes for no reason.”

Privately rented homes will also need to meet a new minimum decent homes standard. The paper includes a target of reducing the number of non-decent rented homes by 50 per cent with the biggest improvements in the lowest performing areas.

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Mr Gove also plans a crackdown on rogue landlords, with plans to consult on a register and introduce fines and bans for repeat offenders.

The landlord reforms are just some of the many proposals in the levelling up white paper, which seeks to shift government resources to “Britain’s forgotten communities”, with a focus on the North and Midlands.

A £1.5 billion levelling up home building fund will provide loans for developers in priority areas.

Changes to the regulation of social housing will be introduced, following the Grenfell Tower fire with a commitment to “more genuinely affordable social housing.”

The government also wants to give renters a secure path to ownership, increasing the number of first-time buyers in key areas.

Mr Gove said: “For decades, too many communities have been overlooked and undervalued. As some areas have flourished, others have been left in a cycle of decline.”

“Levelling up and this white paper is about ending this historic injustice and calling time on the postcode lottery,” he added.