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6 May, 2021

Bill that allows social landlords in Scotland to end or transfer tenancy of a perpetrator of domestic abuse to the victim receives Royal Assent

Provisions under the Domestic Abuse (Protection) Scotland Act 2021 also include new powers for the police and courts to provide protection to a person at risk of abuse in the short term 

5 May, 2021

Communities Minister sets out plans to reform private rented sector in Northern Ireland

Legislation to be introduced that provides for a longer notice period and a requirement for a written statement of tenancy terms

30 April, 2021

Amendment of prescribed form for notice seeking possession of a property let on an assured tenancy or assured agricultural occupancy

New statutory instrument amends form to insert reference to protections offered by debt respite scheme which commences on 4 May 2021

29 April, 2021

Government confirms more support for domestic abuse victims and their children as Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

Under the new Act, councils across England will have a legal duty to provide support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges

22 April, 2021

More than 95,000 households in England were in temporary accommodation at 31 December 2020, according to new government statistics

MHCLG figures also highlight that more than a quarter were in accommodation in a different local authority district

21 April, 2021 Open access

MHCLG housing survey highlights changing circumstances of households in England through the Covid-19 pandemic

Findings include that private rental arrears remain higher than they were pre-pandemic, while mortgage arrears have returned to pre-pandemic levels

21 April, 2021

Home Office issues guidance on amendments to Immigration Rules which added rough sleeping to the discretionary grounds for refusal or cancellation of permission to be in the UK

Guidance confirms that rules have been further amended to clarify that permission to stay may only be refused or cancelled where person has 'repeatedly refused suitable offers of support and engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour'

19 April, 2021

County Court rules for third time that ‘No DSS’ policies used by letting agents are unlawful

Shelter calls for new private renting regulator which can work proactively to make law-breaking agents and landlords change their ways

15 April, 2021 Open access

One in 12 private renters has received a ‘no-fault’ eviction notice since March 2020

Survey commissioned by Generation Rent also shows that a third of renters in England fear they will lose their home in the year ahead

15 April, 2021

13 April, 2021

Housing Ombudsman issues call for evidence on response of landlords to damp and mould issues

'Important and timely' investigation is first since publication of new Systemic Framework which allows for further investigation of issues beyond individual disputes

8 April, 2021

£3 million funding confirmed for 2021/2022 Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

MHCLG grant funding managed by Homeless Link and Housing Justice will open for bids on 4 May 2021

8 April, 2021

MHCLG issues guidance on new Housing Possession Mediation Service for landlords and renters undergoing possession proceedings

Tenants and landlords are advised to express their interest in mediation when case reaches pre-trial review

7 April, 2021

Bill to introduce minimum twelve-month contracts for renters in Wales receives Royal Assent

Once in force, amendments made by the new Act will also prevent landlords from issuing rolling ‘speculative’ notices on a ‘just in case’ basis

7 April, 2021

Updated National Model for Shared Ownership includes 990-year leases for shared owners in England

Government's consultation response also confirms new requirement for landlords to support shared owners with the cost of repairs for the first 10 years of the building’s life

31 March, 2021 Open access

Repeated last minute extensions to ban on evictions must be replaced by a coherent exit plan out of lockdown, say MPs

Select Committee warns that government is in danger of breaking its pledge that no one will lose their home as a result of pandemic

26 March, 2021

Cross-party Parliamentary Commission needed to inform the development of a government strategy to tackle poverty and destitution

On the anniversary of 'Everyone In', charities join forces to call for an end to homelessness, hunger and poverty

25 March, 2021

Publication of National Framework for Housing First in Scotland marks a ‘significant milestone’ in shifting towards a rights-based, person-centred approach to housing and homelessness

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Scottish Government welcome new 10-year framework for starting and scaling-up Housing First approach in Scotland

24 March, 2021 Open access

Extension of period over which modifications to notice of eviction requirements in Wales apply

New statutory instrument provides that modified notice requirements will now remain in place until 30 June 2021