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24 October, 2023

Commons votes to carry over Renters (Reform) Bill into next Parliamentary session

Motion agreed following Bill's Second Reading means that it will restart in the next session at the next stage

24 October, 2023

Housing Ombudsman finds that Islington Council’s disjointed approach and lack of clear leadership have led to repeated failures in housing service delivery

Special investigation report, which makes almost 200 orders for remedial action, identifies disrepair, anti-social behaviour and complaint handling as key areas for improvement

23 October, 2023

Government says that it will not proceed with the abolition of section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions until reforms to the justice system are in place

Response to Select Committee report says that changes will not take place until 'sufficient progress' has been made to improve the courts and stronger possession grounds are in place

23 October, 2023

Lower-priced rents were above the ‘30 per cent of income’ threshold for lower income households in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year

New statistical release from the Office for National Statistics also highlights that private renters on a median household income could expect to spend around a quarter of their income on a median-priced rented home

20 October, 2023

Scottish Housing Regulator launches consultation on the future of social housing regulation in Scotland

Views sought on revised Regulatory Framework to be implemented from April 2024

18 October, 2023

Renters (Reform) Bill to receive second reading in House of Commons next week

Reports suggest that Housing Secretary has 'won the internal battle' over progression of the Bill, which is expected to be carried over to the next parliamentary session

17 October, 2023

NAO warns that local authorities’ estimates that there are almost 5,000 homeless Ukrainian refugee households in England are likely to understate the true figure

New assessment of Homes for Ukraine scheme also warns that, as more sponsorship arrangements come to an end, the risk of homelessness is likely to increase

17 October, 2023

Scottish First Minister announces council tax bills will be frozen in 2024/2025

Delivering his keynote address to close the Scottish National Party 2023 conference, Humza Yousaf says the decision shows that the SNP is ‘delivering for people when they need it the most’

17 October, 2023

Housing Ombudsman’s findings of severe maladministration increased by more than 300 per cent in 2022/2023

Annual review of complaints reveals 'challenging picture of social housing complaints', with a spike in problems investigated attributed to poor property conditions, legislative changes, media attention and the inquest into the death of Awaab Ishak

13 October, 2023

Number of households in England assessed as homeless in 2022/2023 was more than 12 per cent higher than pre-Covid-19 level

New DLUHC figures also confirm that number of households in temporary accommodation rose by more than 10 per cent on previous year to reach highest ever recorded number

13 October, 2023

12 October, 2023

Government confirms introduction of reforms to shared ownership rents, including providing for increases using a ‘more modern’ measure of inflation

Change means that from today rents for new shared owners will increase once a year by the Consumer Prices Index plus 1 per cent

10 October, 2023

Housing Ombudsman publishes revised Scheme to reflect new power to order landlords to evaluate their policies or practice to prevent service failure being repeated

Changes designed to extend fairness to residents who experience poor practice without the landlord taking action to solve systemic issues

10 October, 2023

Welsh Government publishes White Paper setting out ‘radical and ambitious’ plan to end homelessness in Wales

Views sought on proposals including abolition of 'priority need' and 'intentionality' tests, and broadening of exemptions to 'local connection' test

5 October, 2023

Housing and homeless sectors call for Welsh Government to bring forward radical changes to the law to help end homelessness in Wales

Recommendations from Expert Panel include extension of prevention duty from 56 days to six months, and for homelessness support services to be made more inclusive and 'trauma-informed'

2 October, 2023

Scottish Government seeks views on proposals to improve the rented sector further to its New Deal for Tenants consultation

Suggested reforms include introducing more rent controls in the private sector, and giving greater protections during the eviction process in both the private and social sector

2 October, 2023

28 September, 2023

Housing Ombudsman launches consultation on new Complaint Handling Code ahead of it becoming a statutory requirement in England under Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023

Ombudsman also confirms that it has partnered with the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to extend the new Code across all local government functions

28 September, 2023

Requirement for professional representatives to use CE-file when providing documents to the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal

New Practice Direction advises that requirement applies to proceedings that are started in the Tribunal on or after 4 October 2023