The government has promised to bring in new measures that will encourage renting tenancies to become more family-friendly.

According to, the measures will aim to raise standards in the private renting sector and offer more suitable fixed-term tenancies.

The proposals are being implemented to allow families who do not wish to buy to feel more secure in their rented property.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that under the new measures families will be offered longer tenancies and can expect to avoid hidden fees whilst renting their home, reports

Mr Pickles added that the measures will ensure both the quality and choice of accommodation will rise, allowing estate agent personnel to offer a wider variety of homes for rent to families.

Renters will also be given clear information on the tenancy agreements available and who they can go to if something goes wrong.

Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), said that the new policy provides a welcome change.

“We’re pleased to see the government recognising that private tenants need more help to secure their rights and get the conditions they want,” he said. “Being armed with better information will help some people to do this.”