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10 February, 2021

Housing mediation pilot must not replace usual routes to access justice, says Law Society

Society President expresses concern that unrepresented tenants may feel pressured to undertake mediation, and may be misrepresented by mediators who are not housing dispute specialists

8 February, 2021

Government outlines details of its review of the Decent Homes Standard that will explore ‘if it is right for the social housing sector today’

MHCLG says the two-part review will run until Summer 2022 and is expected to result in a 'refreshed' Standard

3 February, 2021 Open access

House of Lords votes in favour of motion of ‘regret’ on limitations of regulations that extend protection from eviction for tenants in England

Regulations that extend eviction ban to 21 February 2021 and enable further exemptions from the ban are nevertheless approved

1 February, 2021 Open access

Practice Direction 55C updated to extend temporary provisions in relation to stayed possession proceedings

Update provides for 'interim period' to remain in force to 30 July 2021 and extends period for filing and service of a 'reactivation notice' to 30 April 2021

1 February, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government publishes guidance on local authority duties under the Unsuitable Accommodation Order

Guidance covers extension of seven day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation to cover all homeless applicants and delayed implementation due to Covid-19

28 January, 2021

Housing Ombudsman finds severe maladministration after affordable housing provider left family without effective heating and hot water system for more than eight months

Landlord ordered to pay tenant almost £1,500 compensation and also consider payment in respect of her actual losses

28 January, 2021 Open access

Almost 70,000 households in England were homeless or threatened with homelessness between July and September 2020

In addition, new statistics reveal that more than 90,000 households were in temporary accommodation on 30 September 2020

28 January, 2021

Amendment of date from which there is a requirement for fire detecting equipment to be installed in all housing in Scotland

New regulations move commencement date from 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2022 to allow for difficulties arranging works due to Covid-19 pandemic

19 January, 2021

Quarter of renters and mortgage holders in Scotland worried about not being able to meet housing costs in 2021

Shelter Scotland survey also finds that nearly one in five renters and mortgage holders had left heating off to meet housing costs, and that more than one in ten had skipped meals

18 January, 2021

Government announces new Under Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping & Housing

Appointment of Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North, follows the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst at the weekend

15 January, 2021 Open access

Shelter Scotland criticises Scottish Government’s decision to further extend exemption from seven-day limit on unsuitable temporary accommodation placements

New regulations laid by the government this week suspend protection of homeless households from extended placements in hotels and B&Bs until the end of June 2021

15 January, 2021

Ombudsman finds that council left homeless family in bed and breakfast accommodation for too long

New report criticises Redbridge Council for failing to assess impact of poor accommodation on family housed under the Children Act 1989

15 January, 2021

Ombudsman finds that council failled to properly support domestic abuse victim when she became homeless

New report criticises London Borough of Wandsworth for failing to consider relaxing local area connection criterion despite fact that it was not safe for woman to remain in another London borough

14 January, 2021 Open access

‘Everyone In’ campaign should be regarded as a ‘considerable achievement’, made more impressive by fact that MHCLG had no contingency plan for rough sleepers at outset of pandemic

However, National Audit Office warns that response to resurgence of Covid-19 this winter does not appear as comprehensive as the approach taken in Spring 2020

13 January, 2021 Open access

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8 January, 2021 Open access

8 January, 2021

Government confirms plan to launch mediation pilot for landlords and renters as part of the possession process

New service to launch next month, working within the existing court arrangements in England and Wales

8 January, 2021 Open access

Housing charities welcome government announcement of ‘extra support’ to help protect rough sleepers from the effects of Covid-19

English councils to be asked to redouble their efforts to help accommodate all those currently sleeping rough and ensure they are registered with a GP, and reach out again to those who have previously refused help