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28 September, 2020

Requirement for mobile homes site managers to pass a ‘fit and proper person’ assessment

New statutory instrument introduces local authority administered assessment in England from 1 October 2021

25 September, 2020 Open access

Extension of housing provisions that protect tenants under the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts until 31 March 2021

New statutory instrument amends the original 30 September expiry date for measures introduced under the Acts including the extension of notice periods for eviction

25 September, 2020

Government publishes independent evaluation of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act

Report examines local authorities’ views of progress to date in implementation and delivery of the intended outcomes of the Act

24 September, 2020 Open access

House of Lords votes in favour of motion that calls for courts to be given temporary discretion to prevent evictions as moratorium is lifted

However, Peers vote against a further motion to annul coronavirus-related amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules

23 September, 2020

Government is committed to repealing no-fault evictions ‘at the appropriate time’, says Housing Minister

Christopher Pincher also rejects call to extend the COVID-19-related moratorium on evictions, saying ‘landlords and tenants alike should have access to justice’

23 September, 2020 Open access

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirms dates of ‘winter truce’ for majority of evictions

Bailiffs will be instructed not to enforce possession orders in England and Wales between 11 December 2020 and 11 January 2021

23 September, 2020 Open access

As stay on evictions ends, Shelter calls for targeted interventions from government to get renters through the COVID-19 crisis

Implementing recommendations would help struggling renters pay off their arrears, pay the rent going forward, and help prevent a rising tide of homelessness

22 September, 2020

CIH Cymru calls on political parties in Wales to commit to incorporation of right to adequate housing into Welsh law

Manifesto, published ahead of 2021 Welsh Parliament elections, also calls on political parties to support improvements to private rented sector and address stigma associated with social housing

18 September, 2020 Open access

Master of the Rolls publishes listing priorities and ‘Overall Arrangements’ for resumption of possession cases in England and Wales

New court processes and guidance come into effect when stay on proceedings is lifted on 21 September 2020

17 September, 2020 Open access

Government confirms first allocations from £266m funding made available to continue supporting vulnerable people housed during the pandemic

Just over £90m has been allocated to more than 270 local authorities in England to fund short-term interim accommodation and support

17 September, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Housing Executive highlights reduction in homelessness presentations and acceptances as a direct result of COVID-19

New biannual Homelessness Bulletin also notes a significant increase in number of households placed in temporary accommodation, with demand increasing since lockdown arrangements were implemented on 23 March 2020

16 September, 2020

MPs condemn government’s failure to meet target for removing flammable cladding from high-rise blocks

Three years after Grenfell Tower disaster, government must put an end to bickering over who is responsible and 'just put this right', says Public Accounts Committee Chair

16 September, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces intention to extend six month notice of eviction requirement to March 2021

However, Housing Minister also confirms that new regulations will restore notice period for possession on domestic abuse or anti-social behaviour grounds to pre-COVID-19 position

16 September, 2020 Open access

Mayor of London calls for freeze on private rents for two years, as new analysis shows half a million Londoners potentially facing eviction

'If Berlin can freeze rents for five years, there’s no reason London shouldn’t be able to freeze rents for two years in these extraordinary times'

15 September, 2020

Nearly 8 million people in England have some form of housing need

National Housing Federation highlights that this includes 1.6 million households in need of social housing, 500,000 more than recorded on official waiting lists

15 September, 2020

Property Chamber tribunal caseworkers approved to carry out all decisions that a judge may make except ‘substantive final decisions’

New practice statement sets out functions to be delegated to 'appropriately trained' staff appointed under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

14 September, 2020

Scottish Government launches consultation on detailed proposals for the regulation of short-term lets

Finalised proposals will form the basis for secondary legislation to be laid in the Scottish Parliament in December 2020

11 September, 2020 Open access

Justice Committee seeks further information about protections for homeowners and tenants when stay on possession proceedings ends

Letter to Lord Chancellor also expresses concern that regulations extending stay to 20 September 2020 were not subject to parliamentary scrutiny, and calls for parliamentary debate before stay ends

10 September, 2020 Open access

Government outlines ‘comprehensive measures’ to support renters affected by COVID-19 through the autumn and winter

Support to be extended to tenants in areas under a local lockdown that includes a restriction on gathering in homes, and ‘winter truce’ introduced for most evictions in England and Wales