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11 September

Government gives its backing to the outlawing of ‘revenge evictions’

Communities Minister says ministers will support Private Member’s Bill - designed to stop landlords who, rather than meet their legal duty to keep their properties at a reasonable standard and remove health and safety hazards, instead evict tenants simply for asking for essential repairs to be made - on the condition that the Bill only targets bad landlords and cannot be used by tenants to frustrate legitimate evictions.

11 September, 2014

Welsh Government commissions research into the impact of Houses in Multiple Occupation

In addition to collecting evidence, research will also examine how local authorities are tackling problems caused by high concentrations of HMOs in their area.

11 September, 2014

Homelessness rising due to conflict between welfare and housing policy

Chartered Institute of Housing highlights conflict between the Localism Act, that was supposed to make it easier for local authorities to help extremely vulnerable people find a home, and welfare reform, that is making it harder.

11 September, 2014

10 September

DCLG consults on delivery of Right to Move for social housing tenants taking up work or training

Proposals include new regulations, strengthened guidance and ensuring social landlords set aside properties for use by those exercising Right to Move

10 September, 2014

Social housing regulator sets out its experience of carrying out consumer regulation role

Commenting on the report, Bronwen Rapley, Deputy Director Investigation & Enforcement at the Home and Communities Agency, says, 'we hope by explaining the arrangements, and providing case studies, we can help landlords – and the local bodies that hold them to account – ensure that problems do not get to the stage where the regulator has to get involved.'

10 September, 2014

More than half of tenants have problems with landlords or letting agents

New research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents, reported in the Independent, also finds that one in seven tenants say their problems were never resolved and one in five tenants had reservations about their landlord or letting agent on day one of their tenancy.

10 September, 2014

9 September

Impact of welfare changes on housing in Scotland

New CPAG Scotland bulletin provides an overview of welfare rights cases collected from frontline workers across Scotland, and explores the impact on housing and homelessness policy.

09 September, 2014

House of Commons Libray publishes new briefing on tenancy deposit schemes in England and Wales

Briefing explains duty on landlords to protect tenants’ deposits and summarises how tenancy deposit schemes operate.

09 September, 2014

Housing costs put 3.4 million households on a financial knife-edge

New analysis of government data by the University of St Andrews, on behalf of Shelter, found that 1 in 8 households in the UK are surviving on low incomes while paying unaffordable housing costs, putting them under huge financial pressure.

09 September, 2014

8 September

More than half of local authorites place young care leavers in B&B accommodation for long periods

BBC reports on Barnardo's research showing that, in 2013/2014, 51 per cent of authorities placed care leavers in B&Bs for 28 days or more, while just under half (46 per cent) placed care leavers in B&Bs repeatedly.

08 September, 2014

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