Coronavirus: Housing support

This briefing paper explains measures the Government has put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and to enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper has been updated to take account of measures introduced after 2 April 2020. …

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Stimulating housing supply – Government initiatives (England)

This briefing paper summarises the main 2015 and 2017 Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England, aside from planning measures. The 2019 Government will continue with, and build on many of these initiatives. March 2020 saw publication of Planning for the Future – this paper set out a series of actions the 2019 Government intends to take to meet its housing supply commitments. …

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Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership. …

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Leasehold high-rise flats: who pays for fire safety work?

This paper considers the debate about who is responsible for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It has been updated to include progress in implementing the Government decision to fund remediation work for affected blocks with ACM cladding in the social and private sectors. …

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What is affordable housing?

This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. The paper has been updated to include new data on housing affordability. …

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Implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. This briefing paper outlines progress in implementing the Act’s provisions. Several key measures in the Act will not be taken forward, such as ‘pay to stay’ and mandatory fixed-term tenancies for local authority landlords in England. …

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Under-occupying social housing: Housing Benefit entitlement

This Briefing Paper provides information on which claimants are affected by the reduction in Housing Benefit/housing element of Universal Credit when under-occupying a social rented home. The policy is often referred to as ‘the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy’ or the ‘bedroom tax’. The benefit reduction has been in place since 1 April 2013. The paper has been updated to include some of the more recent legal challenges to the under-occupation deduction. …

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The end of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions

This paper provides background on the use of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 to evict assured shorthold tenants on a ‘no-fault’ basis. The Government is consulting on its abolition; the paper considers the implications for landlords and tenants and early reactions to the Government’s proposals. …

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Right to Rent: private landlords’ duty to carry out immigration status checks

This briefing paper provides an overview of Right to Rent checks which must be carried out by private landlords/agents in England. The checks were introduced by the Immigration Act 2014. Breaches may, in some circumstances, amount to a criminal offence after changes introduced by the Immigration Act 2016 on 1 December 2016. The checks are controversial and have been subject to legal challenge. …

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