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24 April

Scottish Housing Minister anounces early abolition of Right to Buy

Scottish government to amend the notice period for Right to Buy from three to two years after the date the Housing (Scotland) Bill receives Royal Assent.

24 April, 2014

Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014

Act creates two-tier system of First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal for jurisdictions including private rented housing committee, homeowner housing committee and valuation appeal committee.

24 April, 2014

Lack of affordable housing making it hard to leave homelessness behind

New report finds that 32 per cent of homeless people ready to move on from hostels and supported accommodation but are unable to.

24 April, 2014

Standard of accommodation for asylum seekers ‘has often been unacceptably poor’

New report from Public Accounts Committee also says that Home Office change to private contracts for delivery of accommodation was poorly planned, badly managed and is unlikely to yield the savings intended.

24 April, 2014

17 April

Government publishes response to ‘Providing social housing for local people’ consultation

Consultation sought views on proposals to issue new statutory guidance for local authorities to assist them to use the flexibilities in the Localism Act 2011 to meet the needs of local residents and local communities; and to encourage them to be open and transparent about who is applying for and being allocated social housing in their local area.

17 April, 2014

Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2014

New regulations that make amendments to certain Welsh language forms which are prescribed in the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) Regulations 1997 to insert references to universal credit.

17 April, 2014

More than a million households in England and Wales considered to be overcrowded

New Official Statistics for 2011 also highlight that overcrowding was most common among rented households, almost four times the proportion among owner occupied households.

17 April, 2014

15 April

Property Ombudsman Annual report reveals ‘substantial increase’ in complaints

16,000 enquiries and complaints about sales and letting agents received in 2013, up by 26 per cent on previous year.

15 April, 2014

Government announces stronger protection for tenants and leaseholders

From October, all letting and property agents will be required to join three approved 'redress schemes' - the Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services Property and the Property Redress Scheme.

15 April, 2014

14 April

Third of private rented homes fail to meet Decent Homes Standard, says CIH

Finding of UK Housing Review 2014, published today, in which CIH urges government to consider new ways to raise standards as number in private rented accommodation overtakes number in social rented housing.

14 April, 2014

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