The minister who was behind the Renters Reform Bill and the accompanying white paper has resigned from the government.
Hughes was an advocate of the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 evictions within the rental sector, while he also dealt with briefs like homelessness and building safety.
Eddie Hughes, the Conservative MP for Walsall North, tweeted: “I have decided to hand back by red box in return for the opportunity to spend yet more time working for my constituents in Walsall North, championing their causes in Parliament. Thank you to all in the rough sleeping & housing sectors for support during my time as a minister.”
In a day overshadowed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland) has been appointed a junior minister in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Meanwhile Paul Scully has been re-appointed as a Minister of State (Minister for London).
Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns for Propertymark, commented: “A change of Minister will add to the uncertainty the proposals within the renters’ reform white paper have created among the landlords our member agents represent, specifically the lack of protections against anti-social behaviour with the removal of Section 21 notices and the move away from fixed-term tenancies.
“We’re ready to work closely with whoever replaces Eddie Hughes to ensure that if the private rented sector is to be reformed, it is fair, balanced and workable, and goes ahead without any further delays.”