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2 December, 2021

Communities Minister launches consultation on proposals to increase the notice to quit period for tenants in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector

Responses to the consultation will help to inform the Private Tenancies Bill as it progresses and any future use of powers to lengthen notice periods contained in the Bill

1 December, 2021

ONS reports that there were almost 700 homeless deaths in England and Wales in 2020

However, statistics body highlights that the true number of deaths may be underestimated as the Everyone In scheme made it more difficult to identify homeless people from its mortality records

1 December, 2021

30 November, 2021

Welsh Government launches Ending Homelessness Action Plan

Also announcing a £30 million funding pot over five years, Minister says that homelessness when it occurs should be ‘rare, brief and unrepeated’

30 November, 2021

Housing Ombudsman makes finding of severe maladministration after housing association failings led to resident experiencing further domestic abuse before becoming homeless

Anchor Hanover ordered to pay £3,500 compensation to resident for failures in relation to request for transfer after initial report of domestic violence

25 November, 2021

Ministry of Justice launches consultation on a new approach to the delivery of legal aid for housing possession proceedings

Proposals include remodelling of Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme to become new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service, providing early legal advice before court as well as existing advice and representation at court

24 November, 2021

Draft legislation on licensing short-term lets laid before Scottish Parliament

Legislation requires local authorities to establish short-term letting scheme by October 2022, with existing hosts and operators to have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence

23 November, 2021

Pledge to introduce White Paper on right to adequate housing and fair rents among measures included in Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru Co-operation Agreement

Wide-ranging agreement will 'help secure a stable Senedd over the next three years, capable of delivering radical change and reform', says First Minister

19 November, 2021

Civil Justice Council consultation asks whether the landlord possession pre-action protocol should be extended to apply to possession claims brought by private landlords

Views also sought on options for reform across the range of pre-action protocols, including in relation to judicial review, ahead of 24 December 2021 deadline

18 November, 2021

Housing Ombudsman finds severe maladministration in housing association’s handling of complaint by vulnerable tenant about repairs to leaking shower

Abri Homes ordered to pay tenant £3,000 compensation for expenses, damaged possessions, and the distress and inconvenience he experienced

17 November, 2021

Almost half of complaints to the Housing Ombudsman were upheld in 2020/2021

In addition, annual report highlights that two-thirds of the resulting orders involved compensation

17 November, 2021

Select Committee launches inquiry into the quality and regulation of social housing in England

Committee chair highlights that stories of dilapidated social housing and tales of housing associations failing to respond to residents’ complaints 'call into question the effectiveness of the existing regulatory regime’

12 November, 2021

MoJ quarterly possession statistics show a more than 200 per cent increase in landlord possessions in the first full quarter since the ban on bailiff evictions ended in England

Crisis says that new figures make clear how damaging it was for the UK government to end the eviction ban without providing sufficient support for renters who had built up arrears

5 November, 2021 Open access

Master of the Rolls confirms the informal ‘Overall Arrangements for Possession Proceedings’ guidance introduced on the resumption of possession cases in England and Wales in September 2020 has ended

Proedures to follow for the future are 'properly contained in the Rules and Practice Directions or listing policies which are a matter for Designated Civil Judges to decide in the light of local conditions'

4 November, 2021

Renters Reform Bill will be brought forward ‘in due course and when parliamentary time allows’

However, Minister confirms that White Paper previously promised for autumn 2021 will not now be published until 2022

4 November, 2021

3 November, 2021

Northern Ireland Housing Executive launches consultation on new five-year homelessness strategy

Draft strategy includes proposals that place ‘greater focus and investment on homelessness prevention and a renewed commitment to partnership working’

3 November, 2021

29 October, 2021

Government confirms funding allocations to more local authorities in England to support rough sleepers with drug and alcohol dependency

Funding will provide rough sleepers with accommodation, and counselling, rehab and detox services for those with substance misuse issues