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30 November, 2023

New rough sleeping data measures show that more than 8,000 people were sleeping rough in England in September 2023

DLUHC says new data framework will help measure progress in meeting its vision to end rough sleeping and help identify where action is needed to drive improved performance

30 November, 2023

Number of homeless households with children in temporary accommodation in England continues to increase to reach almost 70,000

New DLUHC figures also show that of the more than 4,000 households with children in B&B accommodation, more than half had been resident for more than the statutory limit of 6 weeks

29 November, 2023

29 November, 2023

Department of Justice and DfC consult on amending grounds for possession of secure tenancies in Northern Ireland where ASB or criminality has been proven

Amendments to bring in absolute possession grounds along the lines of those in Great Britain under section 84A of the Housing Act 1985 to be brought forward in a new Housing Bill

28 November, 2023

Government to introduce new powers in Criminal Justice Bill to deal with ‘nuisance rough sleeping’

Despite DLUHC consultation revealing 'limited support' for the measures, clauses in the Bill create both a 'move on power', and a 'prevention notice' which, if not complied with, can lead to a fine or imprisonment or both

27 November, 2023

Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill introduced to Parliament

Measures included in new government bill will make it easier and cheaper for leaseholders to buy their freehold, increase standard lease extension terms to 990 years for houses and flats, and provide greater transparency over service charges

24 November, 2023

Using discretionary powers to help HMO tenants and those in receipt of an infected blood compensation payment with their council tax bills

Government issues reminder to local authorities in England in new council tax information letter

24 November, 2023

Council tax help for those with a Homes for Ukraine immigration permission who are not living with a sponsor

DLUHC issues new guidance to local authorities in England further to new regulations that came into force in April 2023

23 November, 2023

Homes for Ukraine ‘thank you’ payments scheme extended into a third year

However, Autumn Statement 2023 also confirms that payments will remain at £500 per month

23 November, 2023

Housing Act 1988 (Amendment) Bill receives its first reading

Introduced in the House of Lords, Private Members' Bill makes provision to ensure that long leases are not deemed to be assured tenancies for the purposes of the 1988 Act

22 November, 2023

Change in date from which provisions relating to increase in the maximum amount of the ‘right to rent’ civil penalty come into force

New commencement order revokes and replaces previous commencement order due to error in that order as to when provisions come into force

20 November, 2023

Levelling Up Secretary warned No.10 in November 2022 that removing licensing requirements from HMO accommodation used to house asylum seekers would risk incentivising lower quality housing

Letter to Prime Minister ahead of the laying of draft regulations also said there was no evidence that the HMO licensing system created a barrier to housing asylum seekers

17 November, 2023

DLUHC moves amendments to Renters Reform Bill to overturn Supreme Court’s Rent Repayment Order ruling in Rakusen v Jepson

Landmark Chambers highlights that amendments will enable RROs to be made against a superior landlord and against more than one landlord

17 November, 2023

16 November, 2023

15 November, 2023

Government tables amendments to Renters (Reform) Bill to make it illegal for landlords to have blanket ban on renting to people on benefits or with children

Secretary of State says new measures will end discrimination against vulnerable people and families who are being unfairly denied access to a home

15 November, 2023

Government confirms Decent Homes Standard to be introduced in the private rented sector

Amendments being tabled to the Renters (Reform) Bill will also make it illegal for landlords and agents to have blanket bans on renting to benefit recipients or those who have children

14 November, 2023

Welsh Government launches consultation on proposals to reform the council tax system in Wales

Views sought on a range of possible changes including the revaluation of all properties, adding further council tax bands and making changes to tax rates

13 November, 2023

Lee Rowley becomes 16th new Housing Minister since 2010

Appointment follows Rachel Maclean having earlier been asked to step down after only nine months in the role