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13 May, 2021 Open access

Reduction of required notice periods for landlords seeking possession in England

New statutory instrument also changes definition of 'serious arrears' from more than six months to more than four months for purposes of exemption from the requirement for longer notice periods

12 May, 2021 Open access

Government confirms that current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England will end on 31 May 2021

However, MHCLG also announces that longer notice periods will apply for most tenants until at least the end of September 2021

12 May, 2021

Housing Ombudsman reports on effectiveness of its new power to progress residents’ complaints

With eight out of ten complaint handling failure orders complied with, Ombudsman says benefit of orders to earlier resolution is made clear

11 May, 2021

Queen’s Speech sets out government’s plan to ‘tackle the inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders’

However, previously announced proposals for reform of renters' rights will be delayed until a White Paper in the autumn before being legislated for 'in due course'

10 May, 2021

Lucy Powell appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

Reshuffle of Shadow Cabinet also brings in a new Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Child Poverty Secretary

10 May, 2021

7 May, 2021

Homelessness support and advice organisations condemn government’s plans to use rough sleeping as grounds for refusing or cancelling permission to be in the UK

Home Office guidance advising that policy should only be used in cases of anti-social or criminal behaviour ‘does nothing to put fears to rest’

7 May, 2021

Government’s plan to add more people to those subject to the no recourse to public funds condition is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’, says Shelter

Proposals outlined in New Plan for Immigration would increase destitution, putting people desperate to escape the streets at risk of exploitation, appalling housing conditions and modern slavery

6 May, 2021 Open access

LSE warns that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to scar the private rented sector for many years to come

With one in five households in England renting, it is essential that action is taken to ensure that the sector remains sustainable to avoid 'catastrophic' problems in the future

6 May, 2021

Bill that allows social landlords in Scotland to end or transfer tenancy of a perpetrator of domestic abuse to the victim receives Royal Assent

Provisions under the Domestic Abuse (Protection) Scotland Act 2021 also include new powers for the police and courts to provide protection to a person at risk of abuse in the short term 

5 May, 2021

5 May, 2021

Communities Minister sets out plans to reform private rented sector in Northern Ireland

Legislation to be introduced that provides for a longer notice period and a requirement for a written statement of tenancy terms

30 April, 2021

Amendment of prescribed form for notice seeking possession of a property let on an assured tenancy or assured agricultural occupancy

New statutory instrument amends form to insert reference to protections offered by debt respite scheme which commences on 4 May 2021

29 April, 2021

Government confirms more support for domestic abuse victims and their children as Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

Under the new Act, councils across England will have a legal duty to provide support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges

26 April, 2021

22 April, 2021

More than 95,000 households in England were in temporary accommodation at 31 December 2020, according to new government statistics

MHCLG figures also highlight that more than a quarter were in accommodation in a different local authority district

21 April, 2021 Open access

MHCLG housing survey highlights changing circumstances of households in England through the Covid-19 pandemic

Findings include that private rental arrears remain higher than they were pre-pandemic, while mortgage arrears have returned to pre-pandemic levels

21 April, 2021

Home Office issues guidance on amendments to Immigration Rules which added rough sleeping to the discretionary grounds for refusal or cancellation of permission to be in the UK

Guidance confirms that rules have been further amended to clarify that permission to stay may only be refused or cancelled where person has 'repeatedly refused suitable offers of support and engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour'

19 April, 2021

County Court rules for third time that ‘No DSS’ policies used by letting agents are unlawful

Shelter calls for new private renting regulator which can work proactively to make law-breaking agents and landlords change their ways