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18 July, 2024

Almost one in ten private renters getting housing support were refused a tenancy in the past 12 months because they were in receipt of benefits

New English Housing Survey 2022/2023 data also shows that, while 4 per cent of private renters had experienced homelessness in the last few years, this figure rose to 8 per cent among social renters

18 July, 2024

Senedd passes Bill to reform council tax system in Wales

Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill will ensure the continuation of a single national Council Tax Reduction Scheme and provide for greater flexibility in council tax bands, discounts and disregards

17 July, 2024

Government confirms introduction of a Renters’ Rights Bill that will include provision to abolish ‘no-fault’ section 21 evictions in England

King’s Speech outlines details of plans to give renters much greater security and stability, but also to ensure that private landlords have 'robust' possession grounds to reclaim their properties when they need to

17 July, 2024

Draft Leasehold and Commonhold Reform Bill to ‘end feudal system of leasehold’ promised in King’s Speech

Government commits to publishing draft legislation that will also reinvigorate commonhold, restrict sales of new leaseholds and tackle existing ground rents

16 July, 2024

Welsh Housing Secretary resigns, saying she sees no way the Welsh Government can achieve its legislative ambitions unless the First Minister stands down

Writing to Vaughan Gething, Julie James says there is no real route to agreeing the passage of the government's radical, transformational homelessness reforms 'which will obviously need cross party support'

15 July, 2024

Crisis sets out three key actions for new government to take in its first 100 days as it seeks to end homelessness

Highlighting that this is the first time a UK Government has been elected on the promise of working towards ending homelessness altogether, charity says now is the time to set foundations to meet that commitment

12 July, 2024

Government confirms new ministers responsible for housing and social care following last week’s General Election

Matthew Pennycook is new Housing Minister, while Stephen Kinnock is new Minister of State for Care

12 July, 2024

Ombudsman criticises council’s delays in dealing with application to join housing register from woman fleeing domestic abuse

London Borough of Tower Hamlets agrees to draw up action plan to reduce delays and deal with housing register applications within eight weeks

11 July, 2024

11 July, 2024

Housing Ombudsman expresses ‘deep concern’ about the handling of window-related complaints in the social housing sector

In an open letter to Chief Executives, Ombudsman sets out four core themes to help identify actions that landlords should be taking

10 July, 2024

Homelessness Bill included in Welsh Programme for Government setting out a package of reforms that ‘focus on prevention and early intervention’

First Minister also confirms that legislative programme includes measures on building safety and implementing leasehold reform in the Welsh context

9 July, 2024

Kemi Badenoch appointed Shadow Secretary of State with responsibility for housing

Announcing his new shadow cabinet, Rishi Sunak also confirms that Mel Stride retains the work and pensions brief

1 July, 2024

27 June, 2024

Number sleeping rough in London reached highest recorded level of almost 12,000 in 2023/2024

Highlighting that this represents a 19 per cent increase on the previous year, Homeless Link calls on the next government to 'act decisively' to address the crisis

25 June, 2024

Scottish Housing Minister sets out details of plans to improve housing outcomes for victim-survivors of domestic abuse

Provisions contained in the Housing (Scotland) Bill include the expansion of the definition of domestic abuse, and requiring social landlords to comply with pre-action requirements before starting eviction proceedings

21 June, 2024 Open access

Election 2024: Housing sector calls on next government to take urgent action to end homelessness and rough sleeping

Recommendations to leaders of main political parties include provision of long-term ring-fenced funding and adoption of cross-government strategy to be led by new taskforce

21 June, 2024

Scottish Government says it will consider taking a phased approach to introduction of new homelessness prevention duties

Setting out a plan of action in response to the housing emergency in Scotland, Minister highlights local authorities' concerns about introducing new duties at a time when they are experiencing 'other pressures'

20 June, 2024

Freeholder’s available remedies for breach of settlement agreement included seeking forfeiture of lease

29 Buckland Crescent Management Company Limited v White [2024] EWHC 1480 (Ch)

17 June, 2024