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29 July, 2019

Scottish Tribunals annual report highlights ‘substantial’ increase in Property Chamber tribunal applications

High volume has been driven by increase in applications relating to the private rented sector

29 July, 2019

Number of households threatened with homelessness in Wales increased by 18 per cent in 2018/2019

New statistics also show that the number of households in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2019 was up 8 per cent on the previous year

25 July, 2019

Robert Jenrick appointed as new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Former Exchequer Secretary at the Treasury replaces James Brokenshire

24 July, 2019

Number of cases coming into the formal remit of Housing Ombudsman Service has increased by 26 per cent over last year

Annual report suggests reasons may include a greater willingness by residents to complain and a greater awareness of the service

24 July, 2019

23 July, 2019

23 July, 2019

Call for evidence launched on Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

Veiws sought on impact of Act, what is working well and what may need to be adjusted

22 July, 2019

Commencement of main provisions of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

New statutory instrument commences majority of provisions on 1 September 2019

22 July, 2019

22 July, 2019

Consultation launched on reforming grounds for eviction in the private rented sector

Views sought on implementing the government’s decision to remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds

22 July, 2019

Consultation launched on rogue landlord database reform

Views sought on widening access to, and considering the scope of, the database

19 July, 2019

Mayor of London calls for reform of private rented sector in London

New report sets out reforms to increase security for renters and requests the power to control rents

18 July, 2019

Scottish Government announces additional £9 million funding for its Rapid Rehousing initiative

Funding will help homeless people be placed into permanent, stable accommodation as quickly as possible

18 July, 2019

Independent working group recommends new regulator and licensing of property agents

New report says regulator should ‘sit at the heart of a system of enforcement’ to raise standards for consumers

17 July, 2019

Private renters spend a third of income on rent, the highest proportion of all housing tenures

English Housing Survey report also finds a quarter of homes in the sector are non-decent according to the Decent Homes Standard

17 July, 2019

Domestic Abuse Bill receives first reading in House of Commons

Bill includes provision to protect secure lifetime tenancies for victims of domestic abuse with previous social tenancies

12 July, 2019

Welsh Government launches consultation on increasing the minimum notice period for no fault evictions

Proposals also include increasing the period at start of tenancy where landlord cannot give notice

11 July, 2019

Scottish Government confirms intention to amend local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation

Announcement follows Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's recommendations and analysis of consultation responses

10 July, 2019