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13 November, 2023

10 November, 2023

Government is unprepared to even assess the challenges that ‘riddle’ the supported housing sector in England, let alone address them

Select Committee warns that a lack of data, and demand for housing that is outstripping supply, is leaving vulnerable people without homes or support

9 November, 2023

Number of section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions started in England and Wales reaches seven-year high

Shelter also highlights that new MoJ statistics show an almost 40 per cent annual increase in court proceedings resulting from landlords using the process

9 November, 2023

DLUHC launches consultation on capping ground rent payable by existing leaseholders in England and Wales

Views sought on options including capping at a 'peppercorn' rent, an amount set at a maximum financial value, or a cap that is frozen at current levels

8 November, 2023

Select Committee Chair urges government to commit to a timetable for abolishing section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions

Letter to Secretary of State also criticises Minister's 'mischaracterisation' of the Committee's recommendations in an attempt to deflect blame for the government's delay

8 November, 2023

Department of Finance launches consultation on proposed changes to rates allowances in Northern Ireland

Plans include removing early payment discount, landlords' allowance and maximum capital value cap

7 November, 2023

King’s Speech confirms government plan to introduce Leasehold and Freehold Bill

Government's new legislative programme also includes Renters (Reform) Bill which has been carried over from previous parliamentary session

7 November, 2023

Regulator of Social Housing launches consultation on updated guidance relating to its strengthened enforcement powers under the Social Housing (Regulation) Act

Views on proposed new powers, including allowing a person authorised by the RSH to enter premises with or without a warrant to take emergency remedial action to remove the imminent risk of harm, sought by 16 January 2024

6 November, 2023

Homelessness support organisations respond to Home Secretary’s plans to criminalise the use of tents by people sleeping rough

Open letter urges Suella Braverman to instead focus on housing solutions and investment in interventions to prevent rough sleeping

2 November, 2023

Body representing HMO licensing enforcement authorities backs legal challenge to plans to exempt asylum seeker accommodation in England from HMO requirements

Witness statement from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in support of judicial review brought by three asylum-seeking families warns that proposed changes risk creating a two-tier system for enforcement of standards in HMOs

2 November, 2023

30 October, 2023

LGA calls on government to use Autumn Statement to restore LHA rates to 30th percentile

Responding to figures last week showing that the number of households in temporary accommodation has reached an all time high, government also urged to provide a long-term deal for council landlords in relation to rent increases

30 October, 2023

Scotland’s latest Ending Homelessness Together report shows Ministers ‘still have their heads in the sand’ about the housing emergency

Shelter Scotland says while the last year has seen huge increase in the number of people becoming homeless, the Scottish Government does not have an adequate plan to deal with the scale of the emergency

30 October, 2023

Welsh Government confirms continuation of policy of no evictions due to financial hardship for social sector tenants that engage with their landlords

Minister also advises that social rent increases will be capped at 6.7 per cent from April 2024, and reminds landlords that they are not required to charge the maximum

27 October, 2023

Public Bill Committee launches call for views on Renters (Reform) Bill

Written submissions invited ahead of line-by-line scrutiny of the Bill at first sitting of Committee expected on 14 November 2023

27 October, 2023

Government to go ahead with proposal to deliver framework that ensures that all HMOs are valued as single properties for council tax purposes

Consultation outcome confirms intention to bring changes into effect before the end of 2023

27 October, 2023

Bill that strengthens council tax empty homes premium and introduces a second homes premium receives Royal Assent

Levelling Up and Regeneration Act also includes new powers for every region of England to seek a devolution deal to enable delegation of service delivery to local levels

26 October, 2023