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10 July, 2020

English Housing Survey highlights the ‘bleak situation’ that many renters are in, says Shelter

MHCLG survey findings include that almost 30 per cent of private renters find it difficult to pay their rent, and more than 60 per cent have no savings to fall back on

9 July, 2020

Council’s failure to take adequate preventative action led to mother and her six children being left in bed and breakfast accommodation for six weeks

Haringey Council should have taken action as soon as it was aware that the family was at risk of becoming homeless, says Ombudsman

8 July, 2020

8 July, 2020

8 July, 2020

Government sets out proposals on requiring mobile home site licence holders to apply for inclusion on ‘fit and proper person’ register

Response to consultation proposes to make it a criminal offence to operate a mobile home site without having a 'fit and proper person' in place

7 July, 2020 Open access

Almost a quarter of a million renters at risk of ‘COVID-eviction’ when government lifts ban

Shelter says that even some small changes in the law would give judges the power to ensure that no renter is automatically evicted, and the impact of coronavirus is always considered

2 July, 2020 Open access

Government confirms that courts will begin to process possession cases again from 24 August 2020

Lifting of suspension is an important step towards ending the COVID-19 lockdown and will protect landlords' important right to regain their property, says Housing Minister

1 July, 2020 Open access

Government temporarily suspends provisions that prevent local authorities from providing emergency housing support to certain EEA rough sleepers

Housing Minister confirms that EEA rough sleepers who can show they are jobseeking will be able to access non-statutory housing support such as hostel accommodation until December 2020

1 July, 2020 Open access

Crisis publishes draft emergency legislation to end rough sleeping and homelessness during coronavirus pandemic

Provisions of draft Bill include requirement for local authorities to provide all homeless people with accommodation for 12 months and removal of 'no recourse to public funds' condition

1 July, 2020 Open access

Poor housing is causing health problems for almost 16 million adults in Britain during lockdown, say leading housing organisations

New figures, released as part of campaign to put social housing at the heart of Britain’s recovery from coronavirus crisis, also show that 3.7 million people are living in overcrowded homes

1 July, 2020 Open access

Generation Rent calls on government to introduce £750 million Coronavirus Home Retention Scheme

'It’s time for the government to end the rent debt crisis and make sure that no home is at risk', says campaign group

30 June, 2020 Open access

MHCLG updates statutory homelessness guidance on priority need, advising local authorities to account for impact of COVID-19 on vulnerability

New guidance advises councils to ‘carefully consider’ the priority need of applicants who have a history of rough sleeping or who are in a clinically vulnerable group

30 June, 2020

IPPR calls on government to adopt ‘living rent’ approach to help increase supply of affordable housing

New report also calls for increase in local housing allowance to cover 50th percentile of local market rents and for powers over right to buy to be devolved to local authorities

29 June, 2020

29 June, 2020

Government issues new statutory guidance on improving access to social housing for members of the Armed Forces

New guidance includes measures to prioritise rehousing for those who need support as a result of their mental health and for former spouses or civil partners of Services personnel

25 June, 2020 Open access

Government says it is exploring ‘a number of options’ to prevent increase in evictions once moratorium ends in August

Response to Select Committee report advises that current work includes developing new rules so courts are 'better able to protect all parties', including those shielding from coronavirus

24 June, 2020 Open access

Government announces further £105 million in funding to provide interim support for vulnerable people accommodated during coronavirus pandemic

£105 million made up of £85 million in new funding from Treasury and £20 million from 'refocusing' existing homelessness and rough sleeping budgets

23 June, 2020 Open access

Total value of rent arrears in Scottish social housing sector increased by almost six per cent in May 2020

New monthly figures from the Scottish Housing Regulator also show that number of households in temporary accommodation increased by more than seven per cent