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11 February, 2022

Private landlords in England are now starting as many court proceedings to evict tenants as they did before the pandemic

Responding to new  government figures, Shelter warns that more renters are likely to lose their homes in the coming months as living costs continue to rise

11 February, 2022

10 February, 2022

Bill to restrict ground rents on newly created long leases of houses and flats to a token ‘peppercorn’ value receives Royal Assent

New legislation also includes provisions that prohibit the charging of administration charges in relation to peppercorn rents and enable leaseholders to recover unlawfully charged ground rent through the First-tier Tribunal

8 February, 2022

Stuart Andrew appointed as new Minister for Housing at DLUHC

Former Deputy Chief Whip becomes eleventh Housing Minister in twelve years

7 February, 2022

4 February, 2022

3 February, 2022

Government announces package of new measures to support households with rising energy costs, including council tax rebates for those in bands A to D

Alongside a £200 energy bill rebate, eligible households will receive a £150 rebate on their council tax bill for 2022/2023

3 February, 2022 Open access

Bill providing for private rented sector eviction grounds to be made discretionary introduced to Scottish Parliament

In support of Scottish Govenment's Covid Recovery Stategy, Bill proposes making temporary changes introduced by Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 permanent

2 February, 2022

Government pledges to extend Decent Homes Standard to private rented sector

Housing measures in Levelling Up White Paper also include abolition of 'no fault' evictions and 'tough action' against rogue landlords

2 February, 2022

Housing Ombudsman issues Special Report on repeated failures of Lambeth Borough Council’s complaints handling system

Poor record keeping, significant delays, and failings in housing repair responses identified as key themes in recent cases

1 February, 2022

27 January, 2022

27 January, 2022

Almost 68,000 households were owed a statutory homelessness duty in England between July and September 2021

New DLUHC statistics also show that number of households threatened with homelessness due to service of Section 21 notice increased by almost 60 per cent compared to same quarter in 2021

25 January, 2022

Housing Ombudsman makes finding of severe maladministration after landlord failed to deal with repairs to leaking roof within a reasonable timeframe leading to condition worsening and further damage

With the investigation also highlighting maladministration in handling of the subsequent complaint, Metropolitan Thames Valley ordered to pay compensation of £2,150

24 January, 2022

Government confirms that Identification Document Validation Technology will enable more people to verify their immigration status online to comply with the ‘right to rent’ and ‘right to work’ regimes

Certified service providers will carry out the checks on behalf of landlords, letting agents and employers, making ID checking 'quicker, easier and more secure'

21 January, 2022

Crisis urges government to ‘finish the job’ as peers back repeal of ‘appalling and outdated’ Vagrancy Act

However, amendment to Police and Crime Bill must still be passed by MPs when the Bill returns to the House of Commons

20 January, 2022 Open access

18 January, 2022

Housing Ombudsman makes finding of severe maladministration after council failed to deal with mould growth in resident’s home for several months

Having also failed in its handling of the subsequent complaint, Great Yarmouth Borough Council ordered to apologise to resident and pay £1,700 compensation

17 January, 2022