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22 March, 2022

Relationship between social landlords and managing agents or third-party freeholders is often strained and, at worst, dysfunctional

New Ombudsman report highlights that tension between landlords' social objectives and the business objectives of some managing agents and freeholders can also result in deep unfairness for residents

21 March, 2022 Open access

21 March, 2022 Open access

Scottish and Welsh Governments confirm that their respective Homes for Ukraine schemes are now open

Both governments advise that their role as 'super sponsor' will enable refugees to apply for visas without having to be matched to a named individual before arrival in the UK

18 March, 2022

DLUHC sets out plan for further regulation of supported accommodation sector

New package of measures will 'put an end to unscrupulous landlords exploiting some of the most vulnerable in our society', says Minister

18 March, 2022

17 March, 2022 Open access

Scotland’s First Minister sets out plans to offer temporary accommodation to Ukrainian refugees to enable ‘significant numbers to come to Scotland immediately’

Scottish Government's proposal to act as a 'supersponsor' will short-circuit requirements under the UK scheme to have individual sponsors in place to speed up the process of Ukranians reaching sanctuary

15 March, 2022

Private Tenancies Bill passes its final stage in Northern Ireland Assembly

Minister says Bill is just the beginning of private rented sector reform and 'further work is a priority for the department'

15 March, 2022

Housing Ombudsman makes two findings of severe maladministration concerning social landlord’s failure to minimise disruption of temporary move for vulnerable tenant

Housing association ordered to pay tenant £3,250 in compensation and to implement improvements to prevent failures in future cases

14 March, 2022 Open access

Government launches ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, with recipients of help to have full and unrestricted access to benefits and other support

Secretary of State confirms that those arriving under the scheme will be granted three years leave to remain, and that sponsors will be able to access a tax-free payment of £350 a month

11 March, 2022

11 March, 2022

Numbers of households presenting as homeless and accepted as homeless in Northern Ireland decreased in second half of 2021

However, new Department for Communities figures also show slight increase in number of households in temporary accommodation which Department attributes to impact of Covid-19

11 March, 2022

11 March, 2022

11 March, 2022

11 March, 2022

9 March, 2022

9 March, 2022

9 March, 2022

Mayor of London renews call on government to give him power to freeze private rents in capital for two years

Highlighting that a quarter of London's private renters have fallen behind with rent due to the pandemic, Sadiq Khan calls on ministers to help him 'give people a chance to get back on their feet'