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17 September, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Housing Executive highlights reduction in homelessness presentations and acceptances as a direct result of COVID-19

New biannual Homelessness Bulletin also notes a significant increase in number of households placed in temporary accommodation, with demand increasing since lockdown arrangements were implemented on 23 March 2020

16 September, 2020

MPs condemn government’s failure to meet target for removing flammable cladding from high-rise blocks

Three years after Grenfell Tower disaster, government must put an end to bickering over who is responsible and 'just put this right', says Public Accounts Committee Chair

16 September, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces intention to extend six month notice of eviction requirement to March 2021

However, Housing Minister also confirms that new regulations will restore notice period for possession on domestic abuse or anti-social behaviour grounds to pre-COVID-19 position

16 September, 2020 Open access

Mayor of London calls for freeze on private rents for two years, as new analysis shows half a million Londoners potentially facing eviction

'If Berlin can freeze rents for five years, there’s no reason London shouldn’t be able to freeze rents for two years in these extraordinary times'

15 September, 2020

Nearly 8 million people in England have some form of housing need

National Housing Federation highlights that this includes 1.6 million households in need of social housing, 500,000 more than recorded on official waiting lists

15 September, 2020

Property Chamber tribunal caseworkers approved to carry out all decisions that a judge may make except ‘substantive final decisions’

New practice statement sets out functions to be delegated to 'appropriately trained' staff appointed under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

14 September, 2020

Scottish Government launches consultation on detailed proposals for the regulation of short-term lets

Finalised proposals will form the basis for secondary legislation to be laid in the Scottish Parliament in December 2020

11 September, 2020 Open access

Justice Committee seeks further information about protections for homeowners and tenants when stay on possession proceedings ends

Letter to Lord Chancellor also expresses concern that regulations extending stay to 20 September 2020 were not subject to parliamentary scrutiny, and calls for parliamentary debate before stay ends

10 September, 2020 Open access

Government outlines ‘comprehensive measures’ to support renters affected by COVID-19 through the autumn and winter

Support to be extended to tenants in areas under a local lockdown that includes a restriction on gathering in homes, and ‘winter truce’ introduced for most evictions in England and Wales

10 September, 2020

Bill to require large HMOs to provide a nominated person to be responsible for residents on a 24/7 basis receives first reading

Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill 2019-21 would provide a point of contact for 'the authorities' and the local community to highlight and address issues in a way that safeguards both the residents and the local community

10 September, 2020

Two-thirds of people who were seen sleeping rough in London last year were doing so for the first time

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, London was facing a rising tide of homelessness, says St Mungo’s Chief Executive

10 September, 2020

Council criticised for delay in reviewing suitability of accommodation for disabled man and for not having housing procurement policy in place to secure suitable property

Law does not allow councils to leave people in unsuitable accommodation just because it can’t find anything suitable, says Ombudsman

10 September, 2020 Open access

Measures to protect private tenants in Northern Ireland from eviction extended to 31 March 2021

New statutory rule extends period in which landlords are required to give 12 weeks notice to quit that was due to expire on 30 September 2020

9 September, 2020

County Court rules that letting agent’s policy of refusing to rent to people in receipt of housing benefit is unlawful

Following second successful legal challenge to 'No DSS' discrimination, Shelter says that it will continue campaigning until practice is fully stamped out

7 September, 2020

4 September, 2020 Open access

Notice period for evictions in Scotland on grounds relating to antisocial behaviour or criminality reduced from three months to 28 days

New statutory instrument reduces notice period for notices served on or after 3 October 2020

4 September, 2020

Maladministration found in almost 40 per cent of cases determined by the Housing Ombudsman last year

2019/2020 annual report also highlights that landlords were ordered to pay compensation to residents totalling more than £400,000 across the year

2 September, 2020 Open access

Modification of unsuitable temporary accommodation rules in Scotland to allow placement of homeless families in hotels and bed and breakfasts

New statutory instrument extends and amends current temporary modifications to unsuitable temporary accommodation regulations introduced in response to coronavirus

1 September, 2020

Scottish Government commits to ‘radical action’ to end homelessness in new Programme for Government

First Minister says that Scotland must take the opportunity to 'build back fairer and stronger' after the COVID-19 pandemic