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1 September, 2020 Open access

Change to prescribed form for notice of seeking possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

New statutory instrument makes provision for new form following changes made by Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

1 September, 2020

New powers in Housing Ombudsman Scheme to take effect from today

Fundamental changes will help improve the accessibility, speed and scope of redress for the benefit of residents, says Ombudsman

1 September, 2020

Bill including provision to end compulsory right to buy scheme for registered housing associations in Northern Ireland receives Royal Assent

New Act makes changes to facilitate the reversal of the Office of National Statistics decision to reclassify registered housing associations as private entities

28 August, 2020 Open access

Minimum notice period for eviction of statutory tenants in private and social rented sectors in England extended to six months, with exceptions

New statutory instrument also extends application of Schedule 29 of Coronavirus Act 2020 in England to 31 March 2021

28 August, 2020 Open access

Landlords, letting agents and charities call for emergency £270 million package of grants and loans to help private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears stay in their homes

With ban on evictions in England and Wales ending on 20 September 2020, opportunity to help renters most in need 'must not be missed', says Shelter Chief Executive

27 August, 2020

Council found at fault after London man had to give up job on being housed in Birmingham

Highlighting complaints from other working homeless people, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman says that 'pre-conceived ideas of homelessness no longer ring true'

27 August, 2020

Households containing almost 16,000 children were assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness in Scotland last year

New official statistics also highlight that there were 7,280 children in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2020, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year

26 August, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government to adopt recommendations of feasibility study to support those who have NRPF who have been brought into emergency accommodation

Deputy Minister says that an explicit 'exit' plan is needed to support people beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

21 August, 2020 Open access

Stay on possession proceedings in England and Wales extended to 20 September 2020

Government also says that landlords will be required to provide most tenants with 6 months' notice until at least the end of March 2021, and that when the courts resume eviction hearings they will carefully prioritise the most 'egregious' cases

21 August, 2020

20 August, 2020

Resignation of the head of the Rough Sleeping Taskforce ‘raises serious questions’ about the government’s strategy on rough sleeping

Dame Louise Casey had been asked in May 2020 to 'spearhead' a new specialist taskforce to lead the next phase of the government’s support for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic

20 August, 2020

Almost 30 per cent of council tax valuation challenges in England and Wales resulted in a decrease in the band applied during 2019/2020

New statistics from the Valuation Office Agency show that more than 42,000 challenges were resolved during the year

20 August, 2020

Number of households in temporary accommodation was in excess of 90,000 at end of March 2020, up by almost 10 per cent compared to same time last year

MHCLG reports that increase was driven by a 28 per cent rise in single households, potentially as a result of the COVID-19 ‘Everyone in’ scheme

19 August, 2020 Open access

Communities Minister announces that legislation protecting renters in Northern Ireland from eviction is to be extended to 31 March 2021

Emergency legislation extended to prepare for possible coronavirus second wave and in light of economic support being phased out in autumn 2020

17 August, 2020

Call for evidence launched to identify ‘what it will take’ to roll out Housing First to the more than 16,000 people in England who need it

Centre for Social Justice seeks views on issues including barriers to expansion of Housing First and the key steps government should be taking to promote its roll-out

13 August, 2020 Open access

New government statistics confirm unprecedented drop in all types of possession actions in England and Wales following steps taken in response to coronavirus pandemic

However, MoJ cautions that data is 'unlikely to be representative' of general trends in possession actions and advises that judicial-led working group is preparing for expiration of stay on evictions

13 August, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government confirms intention to extend six month notice of eviction requirement to March 2021

First Minister assures Scottish Parliament of commitment 'to do everything that we can' to protect tenants and prevent people from becoming homeless as a result of the pandemic

12 August, 2020 Open access

Homelessness and rough sleeping will soar unless government maintains 2020/2021 level of funding over course of current parliament, says Salvation Army

New report calls for government to extend funding for homelessness support services in Autumn Spending Review

11 August, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government increases funding for its coronavirus homelessness response to £50 million

New funding made available in addition to initial £10 million response that enabled all rough sleepers to be given shelter, and will be used for longer-term support and accommodation