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13 January, 2020

Extension of seven day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation in Scotland supported by majority of consultation responses

Respondents also agree that new temporary accommodation standards should be based on guidance published by CIH Scotland and Shelter Scotland

10 January, 2020

9 January, 2020

Law Commission sets out proposals to make it simpler, cheaper and faster for leaseholders to buy their freehold or extend their lease

New report includes three key schemes to reduce the premium payable for existing and future leaseholders to ‘enfranchise’ their homes

9 January, 2020

Scottish Government announces details of new licensing scheme for the short-term rental sector

Local authorities will be given new powers including to set conditions around short-term lets licences and to put in place planning control areas to tackle ‘hot spots’

7 January, 2020

Ombudsman finds London Borough of Tower Hamlets at fault for leaving pregnant homeless woman to sleep on floor

Report also highlights failure to comply with homelessness prevention duties created by Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

3 January, 2020

Government announces £4 million funding for local authorities to take enforcement action against criminal landlords and letting agents

Fund will 'drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country', says Housing Secretary

3 January, 2020

Money alone cannot solve homelessness crisis in Wales, National Assembly Committee warns

New report on mental health and substance misuse in rough sleepers identifies need for better integration of health and housing services, stronger leadership, and services commissioned for longer periods

23 December, 2019

23 December, 2019

Government confirms release of £263 million to support local authorities in England to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

Funding will be delivered through the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant and the Homelessness Reduction Grant

20 December, 2019

Scottish Government commits to introduction of legislation to improve and maintain tenement flats across Scotland

However, response to final report from Parliamentary Working Group on Tenement Maintenance warns that aspiration for Act of Parliament in 2025 'may not be achievable'

19 December, 2019

Queen’s Speech introduces new Renters’ Reform Bill that will abolish ‘no-fault’ evictions and create ‘lifetime deposits’

However, government also outlines plans to make it easier for landlords to gain possession of their property 'where there is a legitimate need for them to do so'

19 December, 2019

10 million people across England are living in homes that don’t meet the government’s basic standard of decency

'Real leadership' needed from government and the housing sector to avoid millions more lives being blighted, say Ageing Better and Care & Repair England

19 December, 2019

Welsh Government announces new five-year rent policy for social housing

Policy aims to balance tenant affordability with ambitions to build more homes, says Minister

19 December, 2019

18 December, 2019

280,000 people in England are homeless, with many more only days away from joining them, says Shelter

New figures also show that 220,000 people were threatened with homelessness over the last year

18 December, 2019

Number of households that are homeless or threatened with homelessness in England increases by more than 11 per cent

New official statistics also highlight increase in number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty

16 December, 2019

9 December, 2019

6 December, 2019

Scottish Government introduces legislation to make it easier for disabled people to improve accessibility of shared areas

New regulations will 'help achieve a fairer Scotland where disabled people have more equality', says Housing Minister