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7 August, 2020

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations announces new £1.5 million Homelessness Prevention Fund

Fund to support housing associations and co-operatives in projects that deliver support to households most a risk of poverty

3 August, 2020

Scottish Government renews call for UK Government to reconsider position on people with no recourse to public funds

Housing Minister says he is ‘appalled’ that the government has refused to lift the restriction for the duration of the coronavirus crisis

3 August, 2020

Scottish Government launches consultation on suspension of local connection referrals between local authorities in Scotland

Views invited on terms of Ministerial statement on the exercise of power to amend local connection rules, and on proposals to suspend referrals

3 August, 2020

30 July, 2020 Open access

Shelter calls on government to accelerate social homes building programme in wake of COVID crisis, as stamp duty cut is not a solution for most private renting families

Housing charity also highlights survey results showing that nearly one in five private renting parents have increased fears of homelessness as a result of the pandemic

29 July, 2020

Annual review of Ombudsman complaints highlights increase in investigations of systemic problems in 2019/2020

However, Ombudsman welcomes councils’ readiness ‘on the whole’ to work with it to implement its practical recommendations for improvement

28 July, 2020 Open access

Coalition of housing and homelessness organisations calls on Scottish Government to extend emergency powers against eviction

Open letter to Housing Minister calls for Scottish Government to ensure that vulnerable households cannot be evicted until at least April 2021, and to commission advice on legality of 'no recourse to public funds' requirement

27 July, 2020

Homeless applications in Scotland increase by 18 per cent in just one month

New statistics from the Scottish Housing Regulator also show that total arrears of rent owed by tenants of social landlords increased by around £3.5 million during June 2020

24 July, 2020

Motion tabled in House of Lords in an attempt to block the lifting on the stay on evictions from 23 August 2020

New rules were 'snuck out' without guidance and without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson

23 July, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government temporarily increases the notice period that landlords must give assured and assured shorthold tenants to end a tenancy from three months to six months

Use of powers under the Coronavirus Act 2020 will help those renting their homes to benefit from increased security and reduced anxiety, says Welsh Housing Minister

23 July, 2020 Open access

Housing Minister confirms that, after stay on evictions is lifted, courts will have no discretion to take account of COVID-19 circumstances where possession orders are sought under mandatory grounds

Responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons, Christopher Pincher says he is 'convinced' that the right balance has been struck between tenants’ needs and landlords’ rights

23 July, 2020

Money is being wasted on reacting to rather than preventing rough sleeping, says Audit Wales

More collaborative, integrated and innovative approaches needed, with all public bodies flexing their work and pulling in the same direction for the greater good

23 July, 2020

Inquiry launched to explore why so many of England’s homes are in poor condition, hazardous to health and unsuitable for people who are older or disabled

'Good Home Inquiry' responds to data that shows that around 1.8 million adults are living in damp and/or cold housing, with many living with health conditions potentially caused or exacerbated by poor housing

21 July, 2020 Open access

Judiciary publishes new Practice Direction in relation to how possession proceedings are to proceed after stay on evictions ends on 23 August 2020

Provisions relate to the resumption of proceedings following lifting of the stay, and to new cases issued after the stay has ceased

21 July, 2020

Law Commission publishes recommendations to reform residential leaseholder rights in England and Wales

Commission says reforms ‘will lay the foundations for future home ownership to be freehold’ and tackle ‘key issues’ that existing residential leaseholders currently face

20 July, 2020 Open access

Government makes £266 million available to local authorities to continue supporting people provided with emergency accommodation during pandemic

Housing Secretary says funding will ensure vulnerable people and rough sleepers continue to have a roof over their heads and are helped into longer-term accommodation

20 July, 2020 Open access

Further amendment of the Civil Procedure Rules to take effect from date the current stay on evictions is due to lifted

New legislation provides for amendment of the Rules in relation to possession proceedings from 23 August 2020

17 July, 2020 Open access

Civil Procedure Rules amended to provide for how possession proceedings are to proceed after stay on evictions ends on 23 August 2020

New legislation issued in support of temporary arrangements to be put in place until 28 March 2021