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4 September, 2020 Open access

Notice period for evictions in Scotland on grounds relating to antisocial behaviour or criminality reduced from three months to 28 days

New statutory instrument reduces notice period for notices served on or after 3 October 2020

4 September, 2020

Maladministration found in almost 40 per cent of cases determined by the Housing Ombudsman last year

2019/2020 annual report also highlights that landlords were ordered to pay compensation to residents totalling more than £400,000 across the year

2 September, 2020 Open access

Modification of unsuitable temporary accommodation rules in Scotland to allow placement of homeless families in hotels and bed and breakfasts

New statutory instrument extends and amends current temporary modifications to unsuitable temporary accommodation regulations introduced in response to coronavirus

1 September, 2020

Scottish Government commits to ‘radical action’ to end homelessness in new Programme for Government

First Minister says that Scotland must take the opportunity to 'build back fairer and stronger' after the COVID-19 pandemic

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