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1 June, 2020 Open access

Tenants are up to twice as likely as mortgagors to have fallen behind with housing costs since coronavirus crisis started

New report from Resolution Foundation recommends temporary rent reductions or rollovers as 'sensible next step' to support renters

1 June, 2020 Open access

Chartered Institute of Housing calls on government and landlords to act now to avoid post-COVID spike in evictions

Key among Institute’s proposals are to extend current ban on evictions and prevent evictions solely arising from COVID-related arrears

28 May, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces ‘second phase’ of response to coronavirus outbreak so that everyone provided with emergency shelter will be rehoused

Housing Minister says every local authority will prepare plans, supported by government funding, to bring long-term savings and benefits to public services to help 'transform lives'

27 May, 2020

Provision to abolish right to buy schemes for housing association properties in Northern Ireland included in Housing (Amendment) Bill

New measure forms part of changes to reverse the Office of National Statistics decision to reclassify registered Housing Associations as private entities

26 May, 2020 Open access

Government brings forward and increases spending plans for provision of long-term supported housing for rough sleepers

Policy change in response to coronavirus pandemic aims to deliver more than 3,000 new supported housing units ‘within 12 months’, more than half of its four-year target

22 May, 2020 Open access

MPs recommend greater protection from eviction for renters during the coronavirus crisis to prevent homelessness when freeze on eviction proceedings ends

Interim report on impact of COVID-19 also calls on government to establish £100m housing support fund or risk losing ‘golden opportunity' to end rough sleeping

21 May, 2020 Open access

MSPs unanimously pass second Coronavirus Bill that includes measures giving Scottish Ministers more time to report on proposed changes to local connection homelessness rules

In addition, Coronavirus (No.2) Bill includes provision to enable a person with a student residential tenancy to terminate the accommodation agreement with their landlord

15 May, 2020 Open access

Government says it doesn’t recognise claims that it is winding up its support for rough sleepers helped off the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic

Any suggestion that the government is reneging on the commitment set out at the start of this national emergency is entirely wrong, says MHCLG

13 May, 2020 Open access

Provision giving Scottish Ministers more time to report on proposed changes to local connection homelessness rules included in emergency Coronavirus (No. 2) Bill

New Bill also includes provision to enable a person with a student residential tenancy to terminate the accommodation agreement with their landlord

11 May, 2020 Open access

Emergency action needed to protect renters from eviction during the coronavirus crisis, says Shadow Housing Secretary

Thangam Debbonaire sets out a five point plan to protect renters from eviction, including by extending the temporary ban on evictions to six months or longer

7 May, 2020 Open access

Almost half a million households in private rented sector at risk of homelessness once temporary suspension of eviction proceedings is lifted, councils warn

Those most at risk include more than 100,000 lone parents and around 100,000 young people under 25, says District Councils’ Network

6 May, 2020 Open access

Temporary extension to the notice to quit period in Northern Ireland to 12 weeks from 5 May 2020

Provision made by the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020, that received Royal Assent on 4 May 2020

5 May, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government announces £5 million loan fund for private-sector landlords whose tenants are unable to pay rent during coronavirus outbreak

Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme to offer eligible landlords up to 100 per cent of lost rental income for a single property

5 May, 2020 Open access

Seven day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation in Scotland extended to cover all homeless applicants

New Scottish statutory instrument also includes temporary exemption from the limit for coronavirus-related placements in hotels and bed and breakfasts

4 May, 2020 Open access

New Economics Foundation calls for UK-wide suspension of rents and mortgage freeze during COVID-19 pandemic

Measures needed to avoid plunging people who were already economically vulnerable before the crisis into deep financial insecurity or hardship

3 May, 2020 Open access

Government announces a ‘change to the rules’ that will mean that those fleeing domestic abuse and facing homelessness as a result will be automatically considered in priority need

Change will be delivered though the Domestic Abuse Bill which had its second reading in Parliament last week, says Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

3 May, 2020 Open access

Specialist taskforce to be created to lead the next phase of the government’s support for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Initiative will be lead by Dame Louise Casey and will 'work hand-in-hand with councils across the country', says Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

30 April, 2020

Council tax in Wales is out of date, regressive and distortionary and needs to be revalued and reformed

Institute for Fiscal Studies says that basing calculation on a proportion of current property values would result in a far more progressive system

29 April, 2020 Open access

Bill to protect private renters during coronavirus outbreak passed by Northern Ireland Assembly

Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill introduces requirement for landlords to give tenants 12 week notice to quit period