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24 August, 2021 Open access

Prescribed form of notice to recover secure-fixed term tenancies in England amended to correctly reflect reduction of required notice period

New statutory instrument corrects errors in previous version of prescribed form available from 1 June 2021 to 23 August 2021

23 August, 2021

SNP and Scottish Green Party pledge to introduce rent controls as part of ‘new deal for tenants’ outlined in power-sharing agreement

New joint policy programme also commits to creating a housing regulator for the private rented sector 'to improve standards and enforce tenants’ rights'

20 August, 2021

Welsh Government launches consultation on removal of eligible care leavers from joint and several liability for council tax

Subject to outcome of consultation, Local government Minister aims to bring forward legislation to introduce exemption from 1 April 2022

17 August, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government sets out proposals to continue Covid-related tenancy protection measures in new consultation on its Covid Recovery policy

Intention is to enact, on a permanent basis, provisions in Scottish Coronavirus Acts relating to pre-action protocols and Tribunal discretion to consider all matters relating to eviction cases

13 August, 2021

Landlord and mortgage possession actions up by more than 100 per cent in April to June 2021 compared to same quarter in 2020

However, new Ministry of Justice statistics also show that level of possession actions remains significantly lower than in period before Covid-19

9 August, 2021

New expert panel created to advise government on delivery of social housing white paper

Panel will 'scrutinise our plans and guarantee we achieve the vision set out in the Charter', says Minister

5 August, 2021 Open access

Extension of Covid-19 eviction and bankruptcy protections in Scotland to 31 March 2022

Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 receives Royal Assent

28 July, 2021

Success of Housing First’s flexible delivery model is being put at risk by ‘broken’ systems and services it needs to interact with

MHCLG evaluation of ongoing pilots also highlights challenges from limited housing supply and recruitment difficulties

28 July, 2021

Systemic issues are indicative of a general erosion of the visibility, capacity and status of councils’ complaint functions, says Ombudsman

2020/2021 annual review highlights ‘widening cracks’ in local authority systems for handling complaints

27 July, 2021

Housing Minister announces £3.7 million Respite Rooms Trial Programme to provide accommodation and support for victims of violence and abuse

Housing pilot for vulnerable rough sleepers will create 140 bed spaces and support up to 1,100 people at risk of sleeping rough

27 July, 2021

Government must learn from the success of its Covid-19 response and continue its increased investment in homelessness services

Estimating that additional funding of £82 million a year is required, Kerslake Commission says this is a 'small price to pay' to maintain and build on advances that were made, and avoid a post-pandemic surge in rough sleeping

22 July, 2021

More than 95,000 households in England were in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2021, according to new government statistics

New MHCLG figures also highlight that number of single adult households in temporary accommodation was up by more than a quarter compared to previous year

20 July, 2021 Open access

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

Update provides for 'interim period' relating to Covid-19 to remain in force to 30 November 2021

20 July, 2021 Open access

‘Categorically not the case’ that the government has issued instructions to local authorities to end Everyone In, says Minister

Eddie Hughes reiterates MHCLG's assurance that the work of the initiative is ongoing, and that funding is continuing to support people who are in emergency accommodation

20 July, 2021

Cross-party coalition of MPs calls on government to commit to continued funding for Housing First in Autumn spending review

All-Party Parliamentary Group urges government to continue funding of pilots beyond 2022 and to commit to national roll-out of scheme in furtherance of pledge to end rough sleeping by 2024.

19 July, 2021

19 July, 2021

Council tax is an ‘increasingly regressive’ tax penalising those in deprived areas and on lower incomes, say MPs

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee calls for a revaluation of properties and an introduction of additional council tax bands

14 July, 2021

Independent review of progress on race and racism in England includes call for government to end ‘discriminatory’ right to rent policy

New report from Runnymede Trust warns that right to rent policy and other government 'hostile environment' policies, combined with ‘institutional practices and society’s customs’, are fueling systemic racism in England

8 July, 2021

Levels of overcrowding and rent arrears in the private and social rented sectors highlighted in new analysis of English Housing Survey data

Findings include that 7 per cent of private rented and 9 per cent of social rented households were overcrowded, while 8 per cent of private renters and 23 per cent of social renters had been in rent arrears at some point in the previous year