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22 July, 2019

Commencement of main provisions of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

New statutory instrument commences majority of provisions on 1 September 2019

22 July, 2019

22 July, 2019

Consultation launched on reforming grounds for eviction in the private rented sector

Views sought on implementing the government’s decision to remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds

22 July, 2019

Consultation launched on rogue landlord database reform

Views sought on widening access to, and considering the scope of, the database

19 July, 2019

Mayor of London calls for reform of private rented sector in London

New report sets out reforms to increase security for renters and requests the power to control rents

18 July, 2019

Scottish Government announces additional £9 million funding for its Rapid Rehousing initiative

Funding will help homeless people be placed into permanent, stable accommodation as quickly as possible

18 July, 2019

Independent working group recommends new regulator and licensing of property agents

New report says regulator should ‘sit at the heart of a system of enforcement’ to raise standards for consumers

17 July, 2019

Private renters spend a third of income on rent, the highest proportion of all housing tenures

English Housing Survey report also finds a quarter of homes in the sector are non-decent according to the Decent Homes Standard

17 July, 2019

Domestic Abuse Bill receives first reading in House of Commons

Bill includes provision to protect secure lifetime tenancies for victims of domestic abuse with previous social tenancies

12 July, 2019

Welsh Government launches consultation on increasing the minimum notice period for no fault evictions

Proposals also include increasing the period at start of tenancy where landlord cannot give notice

11 July, 2019

Scottish Government confirms intention to amend local connection and intentionality provisions in homelessness legislation

Announcement follows Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's recommendations and analysis of consultation responses

10 July, 2019

10 July, 2019

Private renting unaffordable for working families on low wages in two-thirds of the country

New Shelter analysis highlights that, in contrast, social rents are affordable across the country

8 July, 2019

Welsh Government to consult on extending notice period for no-fault evictions in the private rented sector

Shelter Cymru welcomes interim measure, ahead of no-fault evictions being ended completely

5 July, 2019

Scottish Government called upon to review operation of possession pre-action requirements across social rented sector

Shelter Scotland analysis finds that number of evictions by social landlords in Scotland has increased by 44 per cent over last five years

4 July, 2019

Select Committee expresses disappointment at procedural failures in process to appoint new Housing Ombudsman

Government neglected to consult or provide information within timescales set out in Cabinet Office guidance, says Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

4 July, 2019

Government will take further action ‘as necessary’ to help existing leaseholders with onerous ground rent terms

Response to Select Committee report on leasehold reform says voluntary ground rent review scheme will be monitored before legislation or compensation is considered

4 July, 2019

APPG calls for increased funding of home improvements to address impact of poor housing on older people’s health

New report on housing for older people also calls for restored funding for national and local housing advice services

28 June, 2019