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6 October, 2020 Open access

More than a fifth of private renters fear being asked to leave their home in next six months, Shelter reports

Housing charity also finds that coronavirus pandemic has left just half of private renters feeling safe in their own home

5 October, 2020

Government announces £6 million funding to support local authorities prepare for new domestic abuse duty to provide support to victims of domestic abuse

New funding will help councils train staff and plan for accommodation and support services to meet the new duty expected to be in place from April 2021

5 October, 2020

Cross-party coalition of MPs launches inquiry into the scaling-up of Housing First support as a sustainable solution to homelessness in England

All-Party Parliamentary Group seeks evidence of what needs to be done to support the national rollout of support across England

2 October, 2020 Open access

Government urged to reverse decision to re-commence evictions of people who live in asylum accommodation

Letter to Prime Minister also calls for a fully funded duty to be placed on local authorities to accommodate people with NRPF conditions

2 October, 2020

Digital-only proof of EU Settlement Scheme status creates ‘real risk of harm’, says PLP

New report highlights reluctance of landlords and employers to accept digital proof of status and urges government to consider providing paper-based back up

1 October, 2020

More than 8,000 former rough sleepers were assessed as owed a homelessness relief duty in 2019/2020, almost double the number of rough sleepers recorded in the last annual ‘snapshot’ count

New annual homelessness statistics also show an almost 15 per cent increase in households owed a relief duty at initial assessment since previous year

29 September, 2020

28 September, 2020 Open access

Extension of six-month notice of eviction requirements in Wales to 31 March 2021

New statutory instrument issued that also reduces the temporary three-month notice period for anti-social behaviour or domestic violence cases to its pre-COVID-19 position

28 September, 2020

Requirement for mobile homes site managers to pass a ‘fit and proper person’ assessment

New statutory instrument introduces local authority administered assessment in England from 1 October 2021

25 September, 2020 Open access

Extension of housing provisions that protect tenants under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts until 31 March 2021

New statutory instrument amends the original 30 September expiry date for measures introduced under the Acts including the extension of notice periods for eviction

25 September, 2020

Government publishes independent evaluation of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act

Report examines local authorities’ views of progress to date in implementation and delivery of the intended outcomes of the Act

24 September, 2020 Open access

House of Lords votes in favour of motion that calls for courts to be given temporary discretion to prevent evictions as moratorium is lifted

However, Peers vote against a further motion to annul coronavirus-related amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules

23 September, 2020

Government is committed to repealing no-fault evictions ‘at the appropriate time’, says Housing Minister

Christopher Pincher also rejects call to extend the COVID-19-related moratorium on evictions, saying ‘landlords and tenants alike should have access to justice’

23 September, 2020 Open access

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirms dates of ‘winter truce’ for majority of evictions

Bailiffs will be instructed not to enforce possession orders in England and Wales between 11 December 2020 and 11 January 2021

23 September, 2020 Open access

As stay on evictions ends, Shelter calls for targeted interventions from government to get renters through the COVID-19 crisis

Implementing recommendations would help struggling renters pay off their arrears, pay the rent going forward, and help prevent a rising tide of homelessness

22 September, 2020

CIH Cymru calls on political parties in Wales to commit to incorporation of right to adequate housing into Welsh law

Manifesto, published ahead of 2021 Welsh Parliament elections, also calls on political parties to support improvements to private rented sector and address stigma associated with social housing

18 September, 2020 Open access

Master of the Rolls publishes listing priorities and ‘Overall Arrangements’ for resumption of possession cases in England and Wales

New court processes and guidance come into effect when stay on proceedings is lifted on 21 September 2020

17 September, 2020 Open access

Government confirms first allocations from £266m funding made available to continue supporting vulnerable people housed during the pandemic

Just over £90m has been allocated to more than 270 local authorities in England to fund short-term interim accommodation and support