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15 April, 2021 Open access

One in 12 private renters has received a ‘no-fault’ eviction notice since March 2020

Survey commissioned by Generation Rent also shows that a third of renters in England fear they will lose their home in the year ahead

15 April, 2021

13 April, 2021

Housing Ombudsman issues call for evidence on response of landlords to damp and mould issues

'Important and timely' investigation is first since publication of new Systemic Framework which allows for further investigation of issues beyond individual disputes

8 April, 2021

£3 million funding confirmed for 2021/2022 Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

MHCLG grant funding managed by Homeless Link and Housing Justice will open for bids on 4 May 2021

8 April, 2021

MHCLG issues guidance on new Housing Possession Mediation Service for landlords and renters undergoing possession proceedings

Tenants and landlords are advised to express their interest in mediation when case reaches pre-trial review

7 April, 2021

Bill to introduce minimum twelve-month contracts for renters in Wales receives Royal Assent

Once in force, amendments made by the new Act will also prevent landlords from issuing rolling ‘speculative’ notices on a ‘just in case’ basis

7 April, 2021

Updated National Model for Shared Ownership includes 990-year leases for shared owners in England

Government's consultation response also confirms new requirement for landlords to support shared owners with the cost of repairs for the first 10 years of the building’s life

31 March, 2021 Open access

Repeated last minute extensions to ban on evictions must be replaced by a coherent exit plan out of lockdown, say MPs

Select Committee warns that government is in danger of breaking its pledge that no one will lose their home as a result of pandemic

26 March, 2021

Cross-party Parliamentary Commission needed to inform the development of a government strategy to tackle poverty and destitution

On the anniversary of 'Everyone In', charities join forces to call for an end to homelessness, hunger and poverty

25 March, 2021

Publication of National Framework for Housing First in Scotland marks a ‘significant milestone’ in shifting towards a rights-based, person-centred approach to housing and homelessness

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Scottish Government welcome new 10-year framework for starting and scaling-up Housing First approach in Scotland

24 March, 2021 Open access

Extension of period over which modifications to notice of eviction requirements in Wales apply

New statutory instrument provides that modified notice requirements will now remain in place until 30 June 2021

24 March, 2021 Open access

Independent Commission launched to examine lessons learned from emergency response to rough sleeping during Covid-19 pandemic

Commission, chaired by Lord Kerslake, aims to learn from 'what went right' and embed good practice for the future

24 March, 2021

Housing Ombudsman publishes new framework to look beyond individual disputes to identify key systemic issues impacting on residents and landlords’ services

First use of new 'proactive approach' will enable Ombudsman to spot early warning signs of service failures and ‘maximise the impact of its preventative role’

23 March, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government statistics highlight impact of Covid-related housing measures on reducing number of homelessness applications and people assessed as homeless

New National Statistics for April to September 2020 also show that number of open applications and households in temporary accommodation both increased

22 March, 2021 Open access

Eviction ban in England extended until 31 May 2021

New statutory instrument also extends protection from eviction to mortgage cases previously protected under FCA guidance

22 March, 2021

Government confirms six-month extension of pilots to improve supported housing for vulnerable people

Extension of pilots in Birmingham, Hull, Blackpool, and Blackburn backed by an additional £2.3 million funding

19 March, 2021

18 March, 2021

Scottish Parliament votes in favour of Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill becoming law

Bill includes new powers to evict domestic abuse perpetrators from social tenancies with a view to transferring tenancy to the victim

18 March, 2021

Ban on enforcement of eviction action in Wales extended to 30 June 2021

In addition, Welsh Government announces that it will be legislating to extend the requirement on landlords to provide a six-month notice period to tenants before making a possession claim