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9 March, 2020

New ‘Housing Dispute Service’ proposed by all-party law reform and human rights organisation

However, JUSTICE acknowledges that the idea is controversial, was not accepted by all its members, and was opposed by the tenant lawyers it consulted

6 March, 2020

Northern Ireland Executive confirms that tenants should not be charged for services that a letting agent carries out on behalf of a landlord

Joint Ministerial Statement issued in light of evidence that some letting agents are not complying with law

5 March, 2020

Almost a fifth of homes in England don’t meet basic decent homes standards

New report finds that most common reasons for poor quality housing are risks to health or safety from cold or fall hazards

2 March, 2020

Competition and Markets Authority says it has found ‘worrying evidence’ of people who buy leasehold properties being misled and taken advantage of

As a result, CMA announces it will shortly be taking its own enforcement action directly in the sector

2 March, 2020

27 February, 2020

Annual ‘snapshot’ count of rough sleepers in England shows 9 per cent fall on numbers in previous year

However, rough sleeper numbers are still more than 140 per cent higher than in 2010

27 February, 2020

Prime Minister announces independent review to provide advice on action needed ‘to end rough sleeping within this Parliament’

New funding of £236 million also announced that will go towards offering Housing First style ‘move on’ accommodation to rough sleepers

21 February, 2020

21 February, 2020

Almost all adult social care authorities plan to raise council tax by maximum amount permitted

Funding deficit means that council leaders 'simply do not have a choice', says Chair of County Councils Network

20 February, 2020

Folkestone council heavily criticised for delaying helping a young family threatened with homelessness

Ombudsman reports that he had to threaten the council with a court summons after it questioned his authority to investigate

19 February, 2020

Government announces that households affected by recent flooding will be eligible for 100 per cent council tax relief ‘for at least three months’

Package of measures for households in England affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis also includes hardship payments of up to £500

14 February, 2020

Christopher Pincher appointed as Minister for Housing at MHCLG

Former Foreign and Commonwealth Minister replaces Esther McVey following Cabinet reshuffle

14 February, 2020

Office for National Statistics and Centre for Homelessness Impact launch new tool to help address homelessness in UK

New platform, which shares more than 30 homelessness indicators, aims to help policymakers make 'informed decisions that can have a real impact'

13 February, 2020

Mortgage possession claims increased by 11 per cent over last year

New MoJ statistics advise that increase marks a year-on-year increase over six consecutive quarters

10 February, 2020

Bill introduced in Wales to increase the minimum notice period for no fault evictions

Proposals also include increasing the period at start of tenancy where landlord cannot give notice

5 February, 2020

Estimated number of deaths of people experiencing homelessness in Scotland increased by 19 per cent in 2018

New statistics from National Records of Scotland also show that Scotland's rate of homeless deaths is more than double that of England or Wales

5 February, 2020

93 per cent of English councils plan to increase council tax by more than 1.5 per cent in 2020/2021, says LGiU

In addition, two thirds of councils lack confidence that the government will prioritise resources to tackle homelessness despite it being a stated priority area

4 February, 2020

Annual ‘snapshot’ count of rough sleepers in Wales shows 11 per cent increase on numbers in previous year

Welsh Government highlights that local authorities observed higher numbers despite a 14 per cent increase in emergency bed spaces

4 February, 2020

Shortage of social housing is fuelling a billion-pound a year ‘temporary accommodation industry’

Shelter investigation finds that almost 90 per cent of the £1.1 billion annual spend on temporary accommodation goes to private landlords, letting agencies and companies