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10 September, 2020

Bill to require large HMOs to provide a nominated person to be responsible for residents on a 24/7 basis receives first reading

Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill 2019-21 would provide a point of contact for 'the authorities' and the local community to highlight and address issues in a way that safeguards both the residents and the local community

10 September, 2020

Two-thirds of people who were seen sleeping rough in London last year were doing so for the first time

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, London was facing a rising tide of homelessness, says St Mungo’s Chief Executive

10 September, 2020

Council criticised for delay in reviewing suitability of accommodation for disabled man and for not having housing procurement policy in place to secure suitable property

Law does not allow councils to leave people in unsuitable accommodation just because it can’t find anything suitable, says Ombudsman

10 September, 2020 Open access

Measures to protect private tenants in Northern Ireland from eviction extended to 31 March 2021

New statutory rule extends period in which landlords are required to give 12 weeks notice to quit that was due to expire on 30 September 2020

9 September, 2020

County Court rules that letting agent’s policy of refusing to rent to people in receipt of housing benefit is unlawful

Following second successful legal challenge to 'No DSS' discrimination, Shelter says that it will continue campaigning until practice is fully stamped out

4 September, 2020 Open access

Notice period for evictions in Scotland on grounds relating to antisocial behaviour or criminality reduced from three months to 28 days

New statutory instrument reduces notice period for notices served on or after 3 October 2020

4 September, 2020

Maladministration found in almost 40 per cent of cases determined by the Housing Ombudsman last year

2019/2020 annual report also highlights that landlords were ordered to pay compensation to residents totalling more than £400,000 across the year

2 September, 2020 Open access

Modification of unsuitable temporary accommodation rules in Scotland to allow placement of homeless families in hotels and bed and breakfasts

New statutory instrument extends and amends current temporary modifications to unsuitable temporary accommodation regulations introduced in response to coronavirus

1 September, 2020

Scottish Government commits to ‘radical action’ to end homelessness in new Programme for Government

First Minister says that Scotland must take the opportunity to 'build back fairer and stronger' after the COVID-19 pandemic

1 September, 2020 Open access

Change to prescribed form for notice of seeking possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988

New statutory instrument makes provision for new form following changes made by Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies: Protection from Eviction) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

1 September, 2020

New powers in Housing Ombudsman Scheme to take effect from today

Fundamental changes will help improve the accessibility, speed and scope of redress for the benefit of residents, says Ombudsman

1 September, 2020

Bill including provision to end compulsory right to buy scheme for registered housing associations in Northern Ireland receives Royal Assent

New Act makes changes to facilitate the reversal of the Office of National Statistics decision to reclassify registered housing associations as private entities

28 August, 2020 Open access

Minimum notice period for eviction of statutory tenants in private and social rented sectors in England extended to six months, with exceptions

New statutory instrument also extends application of Schedule 29 of Coronavirus Act 2020 in England to 31 March 2021

28 August, 2020 Open access

Landlords, letting agents and charities call for emergency £270 million package of grants and loans to help private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears stay in their homes

With ban on evictions in England and Wales ending on 20 September 2020, opportunity to help renters most in need 'must not be missed', says Shelter Chief Executive

27 August, 2020

Council found at fault after London man had to give up job on being housed in Birmingham

Highlighting complaints from other working homeless people, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman says that 'pre-conceived ideas of homelessness no longer ring true'

27 August, 2020

Households containing almost 16,000 children were assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness in Scotland last year

New official statistics also highlight that there were 7,280 children in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2020, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year

26 August, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government to adopt recommendations of feasibility study to support those who have NRPF who have been brought into emergency accommodation

Deputy Minister says that an explicit 'exit' plan is needed to support people beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

21 August, 2020 Open access

Stay on possession proceedings in England and Wales extended to 20 September 2020

Government also says that landlords will be required to provide most tenants with 6 months' notice until at least the end of March 2021, and that when the courts resume eviction hearings they will carefully prioritise the most 'egregious' cases

20 August, 2020

Resignation of the head of the Rough Sleeping Taskforce ‘raises serious questions’ about the government’s strategy on rough sleeping

Dame Louise Casey had been asked in May 2020 to 'spearhead' a new specialist taskforce to lead the next phase of the government’s support for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic