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20 June, 2019

Variable LHA rates and three year tenancies needed to help tackle homelessness crisis

Local Government Homelessness Commission also calls for commitment to deliver a combined housing and homelessness strategy

20 June, 2019

19 June, 2019

Government urged to scrap the ‘centuries-old’ Vagrancy Act

Rough sleepers need long-term support and stable accommodation, not criminalisation, says Crisis

18 June, 2019

Right to Rent checks among immigration enforcement provisions that are 'ultimately racially discriminatory’

UN report on racism and human rights also finds evidence of ‘persistent racial disparities’ in areas including education, employment, housing and health

18 June, 2019

Leading Welsh housing organisations call for recognition of international right to adequate housing

Jointly commissioned report looks at the positive impacts that incorporating the UN-enshrined right to adequate housing would have in Wales

17 June, 2019

More evidence needed as to whether housing benefits and lower housing costs can fully mitigate rent affordability issues

Knowledge gaps identified in literature review carried out for the Scottish Government

11 June, 2019

Two years on from Grenfell Tower fire social renters are still failed by poor regulation of housing standards, Shelter finds

New research also finds that 1 in 10 tenants with problems have had to report them more than 10 times

5 June, 2019

Scottish APPG recommends legislative reforms to address ‘ticking timebomb’ of tenement maintenance problems

New report from Working Group on Tenement Maintenance includes recommendations for five-yearly property inspections and introduction of compulsory owners’ associations

3 June, 2019

Right to Rent checks must be brought to an end, JCWI and more than 80 organisations demand

Open letter to MPs follows High Court ruling that scheme causes racial discrimination and is incompatible with human rights

3 June, 2019

3 June, 2019

MHCLG issues new version of ‘How to Rent’ guidance

Updated booklet must be provided to new tenants before landlord can use section 21 eviction procedure

30 May, 2019

Council fails to take homelessness application from domestic violence victim

Ombudsman says council's reasoning for not taking application is not supported by statutory guidance

30 May, 2019

Priority need must be extended to everyone who is homeless as a result of fleeing domestic violence, says APPG

Current 'vulnerability' test presents an unnecessary and inappropriate barrier to accessing settled accommodation

30 May, 2019

Almost a third of council tax valuation challenges resulted in a band reduction in 2018/2019

Valuation Office Agency issues Official Statistics for England and Wales

28 May, 2019

Welsh Government launches consultation on tenant fees regulations

New regulations will prescribe default fees rules and specify information landlords should provide on holding deposits

24 May, 2019

Number of households in temporary accommodation in England has risen 5 per cent over last year

New statistics from MHCLG also show that a fifth of people become homeless as a result of termination of an assured shorthold tenancy

24 May, 2019

23 May, 2019

Scottish housing support networks publish new Housing First guidance

Manual for social housing professionals now available online from the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and Glasgow Homelessness Network