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1 June, 2021 Open access

Lifting of eviction ban in England signals ‘the beginning of the end’ for many renters facing homelessness, says Shelter

Housing charity calls on government to provide emergency financial aid for the one in four private renters who fear they will lose their home

28 May, 2021 Open access

Thousands of renters at risk of losing their home as eviction ban in England comes to an end

Citizens Advice calls for system of grants and government-backed loans for renters who are still financially struggling because of Covid-19

28 May, 2021

Housing associations make permanent commitment to their tenants that no one will be evicted where they are engaging on a plan to manage their rent arrears

National Housing Federation says that associations will work with any resident who is struggling to pay rent and that legal action will only be taken in serious circumstances

28 May, 2021

27 May, 2021 Open access

Expiry of modification of unsuitable temporary accommodation rules in Scotland to enable placement of homeless families in hotels and B&Bs extended by three months

New statutory instrument extends expiry of temporary Covid-19-related modification period from 30 June 2021 to 30 September 2021

25 May, 2021 Open access

Government rejects Select Committee call to issue guidance to local authorities on supporting people with no recourse to public funds

MHCLG says it is up to councils to make an assessment based on individual circumstances, and not for it to advise on how they should use their wider social welfare powers

21 May, 2021 Open access

Less than 5 per cent of £10 million Covid-19 tenant hardship loan fund in Scotland has been allocated since its launch in December 2020

Responding to an urgent question in Holyrood, Covid Recovery Secretary says government will retain an open mind about what more can be done to support renters

18 May, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Communities Minister announces £9m additional funding for the region’s homelessness response to Covid-19

Minister says fully funded ‘Covid Reset Plan’ aims to build on successes of collaborative response to the pandemic to end homelessness

17 May, 2021

17 May, 2021

Housing Secretary confirms allocation of Rough Sleeping Initiative funding for 2021/2022

Fourth year of rough sleeper support will fund up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff

14 May, 2021

Government launches expert advisory panel on implementing a reformed commonhold regime

New Commonhold Council will consider practical steps needed to ‘reinvigorate the commonhold system' to make it the preferred alternative to leasehold ownership

13 May, 2021 Open access

Reduction of required notice periods for landlords seeking possession in England

New statutory instrument also changes definition of 'serious arrears' from more than six months to more than four months for purposes of exemption from the requirement for longer notice periods

12 May, 2021 Open access

Government confirms that current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England will end on 31 May 2021

However, MHCLG also announces that longer notice periods will apply for most tenants until at least the end of September 2021

12 May, 2021

Housing Ombudsman reports on effectiveness of its new power to progress residents’ complaints

With eight out of ten complaint handling failure orders complied with, Ombudsman says benefit of orders to earlier resolution is made clear

11 May, 2021

Queen’s Speech sets out government’s plan to ‘tackle the inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders’

However, previously announced proposals for reform of renters' rights will be delayed until a White Paper in the autumn before being legislated for 'in due course'

10 May, 2021

Lucy Powell appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

Reshuffle of Shadow Cabinet also brings in a new Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Child Poverty Secretary

7 May, 2021

Homelessness support and advice organisations condemn government’s plans to use rough sleeping as grounds for refusing or cancelling permission to be in the UK

Home Office guidance advising that policy should only be used in cases of anti-social or criminal behaviour ‘does nothing to put fears to rest’

7 May, 2021

Government’s plan to add more people to those subject to the no recourse to public funds condition is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’, says Shelter

Proposals outlined in New Plan for Immigration would increase destitution, putting people desperate to escape the streets at risk of exploitation, appalling housing conditions and modern slavery

6 May, 2021 Open access

LSE warns that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to scar the private rented sector for many years to come

With one in five households in England renting, it is essential that action is taken to ensure that the sector remains sustainable to avoid 'catastrophic' problems in the future