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26 October, 2021

Social landlords should adopt ‘zero tolerance’ approach to damp and mould, says Housing Ombudsman

New report call for change in culture 'from reactive to proactive and from inferring blame to taking responsibility'

25 October, 2021 Open access

Government announces £65 million support package to help low-income earners in rent arrears

Households at risk of eviction or homelessness should contact their local council if they require support, says DLUHC

22 October, 2021

More than 150,000 vulnerable households are in ‘dangerously under-regulated’ exempt accommodation

Crisis also warns that many unscrupulous providers are ‘motivated only by money’ and charge higher rents for essential support they have no intention of providing

22 October, 2021

Northern Ireland Judiciary issues new pre-action protocol for mortgage possession proceedings in respect of residential properties

Updated protocol describes the behaviour the court will normally expect of lenders and borrowers prior to the start of a possession claim

21 October, 2021

Government rejects Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s call for council tax reform

Response to July 2021 report declines to carry out revaluation of properties or introduce additional council tax bands

21 October, 2021

Northern Ireland’s House Sales Scheme for housing association tenants to close on 27 August 2022

Scheme's closure is needed ‘in order to secure the future of social housing', says Department for Communities

18 October, 2021

Consultation on a new affordable rent model launched in Northern Ireland

Communities Minister says new ‘Intermediate Rent’ option could deliver more choice and reduce demands on other areas of the region’s housing system

14 October, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Communities Minister announces continuation of agreement with social sector landlords not to evict tenants on basis of Covid-19-related rent arrears

Voluntary agreement to continue until 4 May 2022 in line with extended protections for private sector tenants

14 October, 2021

14 October, 2021

Housing Ombudsman launches consultation on Corporate Plan for 2022-2025

'Ambitious plans' for next three years developed in response to unprecedented increase in volume of casework and major reforms to social rented sector

13 October, 2021 Open access

Proportion of private renters in arrears in spring 2021 was more than double its pre-pandemic rate

Updated Household Resilience Study also shows the proportion of mortgagors in arrears is four times its pre-pandemic level

13 October, 2021

‘Unprecedented demand’ for social housing is creating a backlog of applications to join local authority waiting lists

Nevertheless, councils need to ensure they are providing the right advice at the right time to families, says Ombudsman

13 October, 2021

Health of one in five renters harmed by poor housing, says Shelter

New analysis finds that almost two million tenants are living in homes that make them ill because they are 'mouldy, cold, unaffordable and grossly insecure'

11 October, 2021

Scottish Government publishes progress update on Ending Homelessness Together action plan

While Scotland is 'leading the way' in ending homelessness, Cabinet Secretary says there is no room for complacency

8 October, 2021

Housing Ombudsman makes two findings of severe maladministration concerning housing association’s failure to deal with damp and mould in tenant’s home

Social housing provider ordered to compensate tenant and conduct senior management review into failure to carry out repairs and engage with tenant's complaints over two-year period

7 October, 2021

Communities Committee in Northern Ireland launches call for evidence on Private Tenancies Bill

Views sought on legislation to strengthen protections for tenants, including increase in eviction notice period and restrictions on rent increases

5 October, 2021

Welsh Government launches consultation on new five-year Ending Homelessness Action Plan

Proposals outlined in the plan seek to 'fundamentally reform homelessness provision to focus on prevention and rapid rehousing’

4 October, 2021

1 October, 2021

Government publishes statutory guidance on new duty on local authorities in England to provide support in safe accommodation for victims of domestic abuse

New duty is important step in 'making sure victims up and down the country who need a place of safety receive the level of care they deserve', says Minister